Coffee, milk, water, and human urine were all left next to each other on the bedside table of a International Nursing and Rehab Center resident. Frighteningly, that wasn’t the most stomach turning observation. In fact, the Chicago nursing home was found guilty of a wide variety of unhygienic practices during their last nursing home inspection.
The staff was also witnessed on numerous occasions failing to wash their hands after performing incontinence care (changing soiled adult diapers) and even drawing blood. Needless to say, lapses like this can easily lead to an outbreak of infection that can prove fatal for many nursing home residents.
As a Chicago nursing home lawyer, I am often asked by families how to identify a safe nursing home versus an unsafe home. In fact, there are a lot of ways that the families of nursing home residents can determine whether or not a nursing home is a safe environment.
Effective and safe nursing home care is all about making sure to get the details right. Hygiene is something that should constantly be observed. When you are visiting a nursing home, you should hardly be able to see a sink without a person washing their hands.
If you have a loved one who has suffered serious consequences as a result of a lack of hygiene in the form of food poisoning, infection, or transmitted illness, it’s important to recognize that they may have been the victims of nursing home neglect.
At the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, we offer a free and confidential evaluation to anyone who believes they or their loved one has been the victim or nursing home neglect. At my law offices we never charge a fee unless we earn a recovery for you.