Change to Nursing Homes

Posted By Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. || 22-Feb-2017

Nursing homes are held to the duty to provide patients with proper care. There is a medical standard that all health care professionals must adhere to. Most importantly, this includes practicing safe sanitation and cleanliness standards. As nursing homes and other health care facilities carry many kinds of germs and bacteria, and have a vulnerable population living in close proximity to each other, the failure to maintain safe sanitation and cleanliness standards can lead to serious health risks and complications for patients.

Safe sanitation and cleanliness include:

  • Washing hands before and after seeing and touching patients
  • Wearing gloves
  • Changing the patient’s clothing
  • Feeding the patient and keeping utensils, surfaces and dishes clean
  • Washing and bathing the patient
  • Providing the patient with fresh, clean bed sheets
  • Proper garbage disposal
  • Properly cleaning the rooms, bathrooms and community rooms
  • Isolating patients with illnesses
  • Recognizing quickly the signs of communicable diseases and infections in patients

A patient exposed to infections and communicable diseases can suffer tremendously, particularly if he or she is older or already has a weaker immune system.

When Are Nursing Homes to Blame?

Nursing homes can be held responsible, as lack of sanitation and adherence to guidelines can equate to negligence. Staff must be diligent in keeping all bathroom and showering facilities as well as the patient’s bedroom clean. Kitchens and dining rooms where food is prepared and served must also operate under sanitary conditions. Cleanliness and sanitation are crucial to a patient’s health, and improperly trained staff, a lack of staff, and a failure to provide a clean, sanitary environment can lead to sickness and death in patients.

Neglecting proper sanitation occurs for many reasons. It may be due to lack of sanitary policies and guidelines, or lack of staff training so that staff does not fully understand how to maintain a safe, sanitary environment. Neglect may also be due to insufficient staffing so that staff members are overworked and incapable of following the rules. Whatever the reason, the bottom line is that allowing unsanitary conditions is a form of neglect that can result in a loved one’s sickness and death.

If you believe that your loved one has suffered nursing home abuse or has become seriously ill due to unsanitary conditions, please contact our New York nursing home abuse attorneys at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. as soon as possible for a free case review.

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