We all have to take care of elderly relatives as time goes by; usually this means dedicating some of your own time to their needs or hiring a nurse or home carer to help with the things you don’t have time to do. However, in some cases, an older relative may become ill or too infirm to stay at home and it may become necessary to check them into a nursing home. This means putting your trust in a team of carers to look after your relative and tend to their needs. Your loved one will be fed, bathed and given medication to help with any illnesses they may have by the nursing home which means that everyone involved should be trained appropriately to carry out their jobs.
Although it is uncommon, there may be negligence if someone administers medication when not trained to do so or if someone mistreats your loved one during their stay at the nursing home.
How to avoid incompetent nursing homes
When looking for a nursing home, you should always check the qualifications of all staff present to ensure they are fully trained to look after your loved one. It may be a good idea to receive a recommendation from a friend who has experience with a nursing home. If you are unable to put your trust fully in others to help your loved one, you may be allowed to fit a camera in the room they will be staying in to give you some piece of mind. Unfortunately, there have been cases of extreme negligence at nursing homes in the past which may lead to the ill-treatment or death of a loved one. Although these cases are not a common occurrence, you may be able to win some compensation to help with the suffering your loved one has sustained.
How to make a negligence claim
Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 if a loved one has suffered while staying in a nursing home. Although we cannot change what has occurred, we can help you win some compensation from those at fault to ensure that this treatment does not continue and to help you cope with paying for somewhere else for your relative to stay. You can call our free helpline any time or you can take our online 30-second test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be.
Should you have experienced financial difficulties as a result of the negligence suffered, you needn’t worry as we only take a fee if we win your case for you.
Date Published: July 22, 2014
Author: David Brown