Waterloo Nursing Home Neglect & Pressure Ulcer

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The Waterloo bedsore injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC work on behalf of injured nursing residents to hold facilities accountable for their policies and actions when those detrimental policies contribute to neglect and abuse. Pressure sores are clear indications of a systemic problem because they are usually preventable and advanced stage ulcers are only possible when the patient has not received a reasonable degree of attention from his or her caregivers. If nursing staff are that overworked, the facility administrators need to invest in the acquisition and training of new staff members, even if this means cutting into profit margins.

Waterloo Senior Demographics

Waterloo is Iowa’s fifth largest city and has a population of over 68,000 people, 14% of which are seniors. This is a disproportionate amount compared to both state and national averages and is slated to grow over the next decade as the last of the Baby Boomers begin to retire. The need for senior services and assistance could not be greater than it is at this point, which is why the Northeast Iowa Area on Aging offers a number of activities and classes to aging citizens.

These programs include meal services that allow seniors to enjoy healthy and warm meals, recreational and social activities and fitness programs what will help the aging maintain their physical abilities. To learn more or to complete a needs assessment, visit http://www.nei3a.org/.

Waterloo Residents Faced with Few Choices for Nursing Care

There are 15 nursing facilities within 25 miles of Waterloo and only two of them have received the highest grade possible from Medicare. One third of the facilities graded by Medicare received ratings we consider unacceptable and this is reason for pause if you are considering placing a loved one under the care of an assisted living facility. To find a qualified facility, you may need to expand your search outside of Waterloo and will require accurate information to avoid trusting your loved one’s health to the wrong people.

Our Waterloo pressure sore lawyers suggest using the Medicare nursing home compare tool, as it allows you to see how each home is graded based on health inspection records, staff quality and its history of fines and penalties. It also lets you choose how far away you would like to search and to narrow your search based on facility type and which forms of payment are accepted.

You can use this tool by visiting https://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare.

Why Pressure Ulcers Are Unacceptable at Waterloo Nursing Centers

The amount of attention required to prevent pressure sores from forming is miniscule. In fact, preventative measures are so simple that the inability of caregivers to implement them should be alarming and result in a widespread investigation to determine whether the facility is really equipped to provide the care it promises to residents.

To prevent bedsores from occurring or worsening, staff members need only reposition patients at normal intervals of two to three hours and look for any early signs of sores such as redness or tenderness. When patients do develop minor sores, they can be treated with topical medications, making it reprehensible for any patient to ever be left to suffer through the long term progression of sores into open ulcers that can become infected.

Put Our Waterloo Pressure Sore Lawyers to Work on Your Case

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is on a mission to change the way we think about nursing care so that facilities are forced to accommodate our needs and address our concerns. Every patient has the right to be treated with respect and provided care tailored to his or her individual needs. If your loved one has been injured due to neglect, we would like to invite you to tell us your story so that we can help make things right.

Contact us today to arrange a free case review with one of our award winning Waterloo bedsore injury attorneys so that we can investigate your claim and look over your legal options together. We promise never to demand payment upfront or at all if we are unable to recover damages on your behalf.