Care Home negligence can be especially troubling, given that you are trusting the Care Home staff to care for your loved ones when they are often at their most vulnerable.
Whilst your loved one is in a Care Home, you expect for them to be treated with kindness and compassion. You also expect for them to be cared for to a high standard.
Unfortunately this is not always the case and negligence can occur.
It is often difficult for family members to realise that negligence may have occurred in a Care Home setting, given that they are not their loved one’s primary care giver during this time.
Care Homes can be negligent in numerous ways. To assist, we have set out a few examples:
When a patient who is bed-bound is not turned often enough, they can develop pressures sores because of the pressure that it being placed on one particular part of their body for a prolonged period of time.
Most pressure sores are avoidable and, in certain situations, can begin to develop within a number of hours.
Pressure sores can be extremely painful and, in the most severe cases, can even require surgical intervention due to the damage caused to the patient’s skin, they can cause sepsis, and even death.
Failure to administer the correct medication or the correct dosage of medication can obviously be very harmful to a patient and can have a lasting effect on a patient’s health.
A patient’s quality of life can also be negatively impacted if the Care Home staff fail to administer any pain medication the patient relies on, for example, if a patient relies on painkillers to relive their symptoms of arthritis, etc.
It is therefore extremely important that Care Home staff are vigilant when administering medication to patients.
Failure to adequately and fully assess a patient before they are admitted to a Care Home can lead to the patient not receiving the vital equipment they require. For example, if a patient relies on a pressure relieving mattress or walking aids whilst at home, these should be provided whilst they are in the Care Home so as not to put them at risk of sustaining injury.
Failure to regularly assess a patient while they are admitted to the Care Home can also be very dangerous.
By not regularly assessing a patient’s condition, the patient can be put at risk of injury, such as trips and falls, becoming malnourished, and developing pressure sores. The risk of these events occurring can be drastically reduced when regular and adequate assessments are carried out.
Care Home Negligence
When considering a Care Home for your loved one, the Care Quality Commission, who are an independent regulator of health and social care in England, has a website which provides reviews of the Care Homes in England.
If you or a loved one have suffered injury as a result of Care Home negligence, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team today, who will be happy to discuss your concerns with you.
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