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Nursing home negligence leads to death

People in Chicago, Illinois, making arrangements for an elderly relative to live in a care facility want to believe that their relative will be safer there than he or she would be if he or she was home alone. That pleasant dream turns into a nightmare for those whose relatives are subjected to nursing home abuse, which includes neglect.

Unfortunately, some nursing home staff members don't care about their patients, and are lazy. They spend their on-the-job hours chatting with each other, playing around on social media, talking on the phone and otherwise wasting time that should be spent taking care of the nursing home residents whose care they were entrusted with. As a result, many nursing home residents wind up in dangerous situations due to inadequate supervision, suffering injury and even death.

That happened recently at one nursing facility, where a male resident died due to strangulation when the ties of his nightgown got wrapped around his neck and the post of his bed's footboard. That resident had gotten out of bed to get a coat from a closet when he got all tangled up and found himself trapped in the precarious predicament that led to his death.

His roommate says that he pressed the call light to get help, but no help arrived for 15 to 20 minutes. At that point, it was too late, and when nursing facility staff finally ambled in, they found the man on the floor, dark blue. Competing claims about a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order complicated the matter further, though the staff eventually happened upon the realization that the DNR order was for a different resident.

Subsequent investigation, reflected in a report on the matter, showed that only a small percentage of the staff members at the facility are trained in CPR. The incident resulted in a $50,000 fine for the facility, which was fined another $25,000 when a different resident was allowed to wander into a street.

Source: The Dispatch-Argus, "Nursing home fined $75,000 for death of resident, escape of another," Ssarah Hayden, Jan. 27, 2018

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