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How do unsanitary nursing homes harm residents?

If you have a loved one who resides in a long-term care facility or nursing home, you want them to receive quality care and comfort. However, some nursing homes can have problems with neglect and cleanliness that can negatively impact residents.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to support your loved one by addressing neglectful conduct and unsanitary conditions.

Health effects of unsanitary conditions

Many nursing home residents are older adults or people with health conditions that make them more susceptible to infections. When neglect occurs, residents may not receive care, such as bathing assistance, that helps keep them clean and healthy. Furthermore, inadequate cleaning in resident rooms and public areas can contribute to sanitation problems. Skin conditions, like rashes and cellulitis, as well as infections like UTIs can result from poor hygiene. Lack of sanitation can also contribute to the spread of viral infections that can cause respiratory and digestive illnesses. Finally, living in an unclean environment is uncomfortable and can negatively affect the emotional well-being of residents. Your loved one could feel stressed or anxious due to poor sanitation.

Advocating for nursing home residents

If you notice signs of neglect and poor sanitation impacting your loved one’s mental and physical wellness, there are ways you can support them. For example, you can meet with nursing home management to explain your concerns. You can also contact the Illinois Department of Public Health and file a complaint. Collecting evidence including photographs, testimony from residents and written documentation can strengthen your case. If serious harm occurs, you can help your loved one explore legal options, such as seeking compensation for the physical and emotional pain they experienced.

Unsanitary conditions in nursing homes can contribute to distress and health problems in residents.