When you place a loved one into a nursing home, you want their care to be more than good. You want them to feel that they belong there and are treated like family.
When that doesn’t happen, it’s devastating. Residents have been hurt and killed in the past by nursing home staff members who simply don’t do their jobs. Here’s a shocking article about nursing home abuse that you may never have expected. In a nursing home chain called Aperion Care, there were such serious deficiencies in the level of care provided to residents that the facility was cited with multiple violations and fines of $366,000.
The Illinois Department of Public Health fined the company $50,000 for failing to follow physicians’ orders, leading to the death of a patient. The nursing home was again fined when a patient died from complications from diabetes, an alleged consequence of failing to measure the patient’s blood sugar.
It’s hard to hear that these kinds of negligent acts took place because the nursing home residents were there in hopes of getting the medical support that they needed. With negligent acts like failing to follow a physician’s orders or failing to check a resident’s blood sugar readings, it’s easy to see how patients were put in harm’s way.
If your loved one suffers an injury in a nursing home or passes away as a result of errors, it’s going to be a shock. There is support for you in that situation, and you will be able to look into filing a claim against the nursing home for negligence, abuse or other findings.