When you place your elderly loved one in a nursing home, chances are they have medical conditions that need to be consistently monitored. How does a nursing home watch over your loved one? From managing medications and diet to monitoring new health challenges, how are these needs met? Watch the video to learn more.
A nursing home supports an infrastructure of medical professionals, ranging from dieticians, therapists, and nurses and doctors. Together, they manage and administer your loved one’s diet, medicine, and the needed medical tests. Whether a patient has hypothyroidism, anemia, diabetes, Alzheimer’s or other serious medical conditions, the nursing home must facilitate the management of the medical care of your loved one. If they took your mom as their resident, they are asserting that they can manage the care appropriately for your loved one.
This only works if each member of the nursing home staff communicates with each other. For example, if the nurse does an assessment of a nursing resident, and observes a change in status, while often times she must not act alone, she must communicate this to the applicable doctor, dietician or specialized provider. The nurses are the eyes and ears of the doctors and the medical facility like a nursing home.
All this information is communicated across various levels of staff and different departments of the nursing home through verbal orders and patient charts. To effectively care for all their residents, a nursing home must have policies in place that require detailed documentation and clear channels of communication along with the appropriate guidelines for managing that care.
As a nursing home neglect attorney, I cannot tell you how many lives are lost due to these communication mistakes. If the nurse is overworked or overwhelmed like many are due to working in understaffed nursing homes, chances are he or she may forget to appropriately communicate to all of the providers. In such a case, the resident’s condition would go on untreated. For our elderly loved ones, this is a recipe for disaster. Nursing homes often make a deliberate choice to underhire staff to save expenses.
But you should know that if you or your loved one has been hurt due to a untreated condition, there are options for you. The Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. has helped many people get justice when they are harmed in a nursing home that cuts corners. With over 50 years in combined experience and verdicts and settlements reaching millions, our nursing home neglect lawyers are here to fight for you. Call us at 1 (312) 384-1920 or 1 (800) 693-1LAW, or reach us by email.
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