Last month was our busiest month in terms of visitors to our site. Thank you for taking the time to visit, ask a question or leave a comment. Your suggestions allow us to continually improve our site and make the Nursing Home Law Center LLC an important Internet destination. Many suggestions have turned into great ideas blog posts.
As always, I make it a point to answer each question personally.
Below are last month’s five most popular entries:
In addition to monitoring food and liquid intake of nursing home patients, staff need to pay attention to the elimination of the wastes. When urine and feces are not produced on a regular basis, nursing home staff must bring these problems to the attention of physicians.
The results from a five-year study addressing the ability of care-givers and family to perceive pain in nursing home patients has revealed both parties fail to accurately assess chronic pain levels. In reaching this conclusion, researchers in the Netherlands studied 174 nursing home patients with and without cognitive impairments. The study also concluded that family members were better at accurately assessing pain levels in their loved ones compared with nursing home staff.
It only is a matter of time before another nursing home fire claims the life of another patient. While less publicized, hundreds of elderly people receive burns every year during their admission to skilled nursing facilities. Anyway you look at the situation, fires in nursing homes remain a real– yet under-appreciated threat to nursing home patient safety.
As nursing home lawyers, one of the situations we commonly encounter involve relatively healthy people who enter nursing homes for rehabilitation due to an orthopedic or cardiac conditions— only to encounter more problems during their admission to a facility. In some of these situations, nursing home staff wrongfully assume that many of the prevention programs used for more disabled patients are not necessary.
The LaSalle County Nursing Home is a medium-sized 99 bed nursing home facility in Ottawa, Illinois. On June 6, 2009, the Illinois Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) released a report following an investigation, revealing that a male resident at LaSalle County had molested ten female residents.