When our loved ones grow old and sick, families can feel a sense of relief knowing that when they are put into a nursing home they will receive the 24 hour a day care that they truly need. Having grandma and grandpa live at home may be nice for the family, but you and your spouse are not certified to give true medical attention that they need, and working full time in the midst is not helpful for them either. While this specific situation may not fit your family, you may understand the pressures of wanting to care for your loved ones but knowing that your home is not the right place for them.
Nursing homes have been around for many years and have been known to grant the attention to the elderly that families are not capable of doing. Unfortunately today, the tragic tales of nursing home neglect and abuse is becoming much more common by the staff and nurses on duty. Men and woman are being left without treatments, their beds are not being cleaned and patients are laying in their feces for days on end, skin diseases are forming due to lack of proper cleaning care for the patients; the list goes on. Elderly people are being beaten, sexually abused, etc. as well, and many times the patients can do nothing about it because of their physical handicaps or forgetfulness.
The Huffington Post reports on an elderly woman in Canada who died in a hospital this year after suffering severely from abuse and neglect in her nursing home. Lillian Peck, 93, accumulated a terrible skin disease because they allowed her to soil herself and never cleaned up after it. Her skin was so badly infected that it ruptured, and investigators were completely unable to find any documentation of the incident at all within the nursing home. Not only did the staff allow the incident to occur in the first place, but they also lacked the intellect needed in order to treat her case.
Lillian Peck’s daughter shares that when she would visit her mother everything appeared to be fine, and Peck would share about her frequent walks with a nurse around the premises. This was last October, and not long after did Peck’s health significantly decrease because of a skin infection in her pelvis area that they were all unaware of. When they arrived to the hospital the doctors explained Lillian’s health issues to the daughter, claiming that her skin was so infected that the entire area was black. Lillian’s skin condition was so severe to the extent that the medical professionals assumed it may have been a flesh eating disease rather than an infection from feces.
The cause of her death was renal heart failure, which took her life only two days after being sent to the hospital. The heart failure was caused by the bacteria’s in her feces due to the caregivers failing to clean her after her bowel movements at the nursing home. When the daughter heard the news she was devastated, no daughter should have to hear of her mother receiving such poor treatment; is unthinkable, and yet it is still far too common today. At this time 7 nurses are being disciplined as a result of this neglect and abuse case, and the home is seeking to implement plans for change within the nursing home.
While that is good news for others in care facilities, it still doesn’t change the fact that a woman’s life was taken because of the ill-treatment from the nurses in the home. They were being paid to treat and look after Lillian Peck, and she died as a result. If you have a loved one who has suffered at a nursing home, don’t wait another moment to take action.
Contact Fisher & Associates today for the quality legal representation you deserve!