After the fall she complained of pain in her hip. An x-ray was taken at the Symphony of Crestwood facility that was inconclusive. Because the resident was elderly, her physician ordered at Computed Tomography Scan, often called a CT or “cat” scan to be certain of the state of her hip.
For seven days, the nursing home failed to conduct any kind of pain assessments or treatments.
This was not the only incident involving undiscovered injuries at Symphony of Crestwood. Another resident was discovered on the floor after a nursing home fall. She had a large bruise on the side of her head. The resident said that she had hit her head several days earlier, but there was no record of any injury.
In these two cases, nursing home residents were both left in pain for an extended period of time because the nursing home did not take steps to monitor their health.
Nursing home falls are mostly predictable, but not always. There will be few nursing homes where a nursing home fall never takes place. The nursing home is at fault when the resident experiences a nursing home fall that is predictable.
For example, if a resident has a history of slipping, the nursing home would reasonably be expected to offer assistance in the form of non-skid footwear and other assistive devices that prevent falls. If appropriate interventions are put in place, and the resident still experiences a nursing home fall, the nursing home may not be guilty of nursing home neglect.
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