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Are uncontrolled infections an indication of nursing home abuse?

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2023 | Nursing Home Abuse |

Choosing a nursing home for a loved one requires trust that they will receive the necessary care and attention. When the standard of care falls short, resulting in health issues such as uncontrolled infections, it may point toward a deeper problem.

In some cases, uncontrolled infections can serve as a warning sign of potential abuse or neglect in nursing homes.

Uncontrolled infections

An uncontrolled infection refers to an ailment that is not adequately treated or managed, leading to the spread of disease or worsening of the patient’s condition. In the context of nursing homes, these infections can occur due to insufficient hygiene standards, improper wound care or lack of attention to resident health.

The link to nursing home abuse

California nursing homes serve over 400,000 people each year. These facilities have a responsibility to monitor the health of their residents and provide adequate medical treatment. If an infection arises, the nursing home staff must promptly treat it and take steps to prevent its spread. When this does not occur it can lead to serious health complications.

The role of hygiene in preventing infections

Maintaining hygiene in a nursing home is essential in preventing the spread of infections. Residents often depend on the staff for assistance with daily tasks such as bathing and changing clothes. Not maintaining proper hygiene for residents can be a form of abuse. While uncontrolled infections may not always result from this, they are one red flag that such neglect is occurring.

It is essential for loved ones to stay vigilant and take appropriate action if they suspect that a resident’s health is suffering due to substandard care. While an uncontrolled infection might not definitively prove abuse, it is a significant warning sign.