We all expect our loved ones to receive the best care while living in a nursing home. For the most part, nursing homes do a lot for their residents and try to accommodate as best they can. However, sometimes a nursing home provider or employee fails to provide a safe environment, and it is our loved ones who suffer as a result.
The best thing to do when setting up an appointment for a nursing home is to ask questions. Make sure that the facility is clean. Normally, a tidy nursing home also means a safe nursing home due to attention to detail. Ask to speak with the tenants to get first-hand accounts of the safety within the facility.
Potential Nursing Home Dangers
Some potential dangers of nursing home are:
Slips and falls: Many falls can result from failing to cleanup a mess on the floor, failing to install railings in stairways or restrooms, or failing to aid a tenant from walking from one area of the home to another.
Defective equipment: Wheelchairs, railings, bed guard rails, walking devices, and windows can break and shatter, leaving the tenant in a position of trauma or immobilization.
Burns: Some water valves are designed to keep water warm but never get hot. If these valves are not checked regularly, a tenant can burn him or her self.
Wandering: Some residents have a history of walking off to distances prohibited by the staff of a nursing home. If these residents are not properly observed, there can be serious ramifications.
If your loved one has experienced an accident or injury in a nursing home, don’t hesitate to contact the Indianapolis nursing home malpractice lawyers of Hankey Marks & Crider today at (317) 634-8565.