Many times, one of the things that we have to do is put person that we love in a home because they’re unable to take care of themselves. Unfortunately, sometimes they’re not care a very well in a nursing home and they become sick or injured while they’re in there. Below are some of the common things that elderly people experience when they are in a nursing home and what can happen because of them.
Bedsores & infection often lead to someone consulting an injury lawyer in Spilsby
Bedsores happen when older patients aren’t repositioned or turned periodically. Bedsheets’ abrasive nature along with the lack of cleanliness wears away a person’s skin and allows bacteria to build up. When this happens, it will causes sores to get infected. When they are left untreated, these kinds of infections can go through the bloodstream and eventually poison the patient.
Malnutrition and dehydration often lead to someone consulting an injury lawyer in Spilsby
A lot of elders are debilitated or bedridden. Many times they aren’t able to find liquid such as water with all help. When the staff in a nursing home doesn’t keep their patients hydrated properly, the patients become weak, which makes them much more vulnerable to getting viruses and infections that are often found in the environment of a nursing home. Malnutrition often occurs when elderly patients are eating food that is lacking in essential nutrients or when they don’t get enough to eat. In addition, a lot of elderly patients have problems with their teeth. When they are served food which is painful or difficult to chew, many times they won’t eat very much at all or they won’t eat at all.
Falling and slipping often lead to someone consulting an injury lawyer in Spilsby
This is something that happens a lot in the nursing homes. Elders often will have trouble was standing as well as walking without someone to help them. Canes or walkers are often low in supply or not provided. When the staff won’t help patients to get to the bathroom or to the other areas in the facility, a lot of elderly patients try to do it on their own. Without the right assistance, they often will slip in the facility and fall. Liquids are spilled on the floor are another very common cause of elderly patients slipping and falling. The injuries from slips and falls are a lot more serious for patients in nursing homes than they are for people who are younger. The bones in elderly patients are slower to heal, and there also a lot more brittle because of their age.
If you have someone who has been affected by neglect in a nursing home, get them a solicitor to help them. Give us a call and we’ll help them with getting the right solicitor. A solicitor will give them a better chance of winning the case. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: 5th October 2013
Author: David Brown