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.
One of our core beliefs is that nursing homes are built to fail due to the business model they follow and that unnecessary injuries and illnesses and wrongful deaths of residents are the inevitable result. Order our FREE report, Built to Fail, to learn more about why. Our experienced Chicago nursing home lawyers are ready to help you understand what happened, why, and what your rights are. Contact us to get the help you need.
Other blog posts of interest:
Surgical wound infection at Presence Villa Franciscan
Resident dies from sepsis at St. James Manor in Crete
Fatal infection at Alden Northmoor
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