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Protect vulnerable Wyoming residents from nursing home negligence

Before 2019 comes to an end, many Wyoming residents will help their aging parents transition into nursing homes. The reasons that prompt such decisions may vary but most involve a mother's or father's inability to continue to function on a daily basis in an independent living environment. Nursing home negligence is problematic in this state and many others, and adult sons and daughters of patients will want to be on their guard to protect their loved ones from injury.

Negligence in nursing facilities comes in many forms. Many elders suffer economic loss when they are scammed by people who pretend to have their best interests in mind. Others may be at great risk for physical injury if there is an abuser on the payroll in a particular nursing home. Not all abuse leaves physical marks, however, so it is equally important to pay close attention to an aging parent's emotional and mental well-being and to further investigate any signs of trouble.

Spokesman denies that nursing home negligence caused fatality

Many Wyoming residents entrust their loved ones' care to licensed care providers, sometimes on a long-term or permanent basis. Family members cannot be present 24/7 although many visit their loved ones as often as they can. It is devastating to learn that a parent, spouse or other family member has suffered injury or illness because of substandard care. An incident that occurred in another state was deemed to have been caused by nursing home negligence, and a spokesperson for the facility in question adamantly denies the allegations.

The case involves a 57-year-old man who had been a resident at a particular nursing home before being admitted to a hospital for a five-day stay. Sadly, the man died, and the cause of death is believed to have been septic shock. The decedent's sister says her family was shocked to learn that her brother had suffered severe bedsores, which ultimately led to his fatal infection.

Careful choosing can help avoid nursing home negligence

What should Wyoming residents look for in a good nursing home? No one wants an aging parent or other elderly loved one to be at risk for nursing home negligence. There are definitely issues that are cause for concern when researching available residencies, as well as observations that warrant further investigation for those already living in such facilities.

When the decision is made to transition to a nursing home, family members will want to talk to other patients and family members to get an idea of what the quality of care at a particular facility might be. If people seem to make more negative than positive comments, it might be a sign that everything is not as it should be at the facility in question. Close observation is another valuable tool that can help uncover substandard care. It pays to visit a nursing home several times before deciding if it is the right place for a particular person.

Was nursing home negligence cause of ventilator-related deaths?

When the same type of injury keeps happening at a particular nursing facility, it is definitely cause for concern. Wyoming investigators are often called in to determine whether such situations may have been caused by nursing home negligence. In fact, the department of health in another state says it believes several ventilator-related deaths were preventable and were caused by staff members' neglect.

The most recent death occurred when a 78-year-old woman who was on a ventilator was left lying with the machine shut off for nearly 40 minutes. It was the facility's third suspicious death in the past two years. Another person's ventilator had been shut off by a nurse a full two hours before it should have been.

Facility in another state, cited for nursing home negligence

If an adult child suspects that his or her parent is not being properly taken care of in a Wyoming nursing home, it's possible to further investigate the matter and tap into legal resources available, as needed, to rectify the situation. Sadly, many incidents occur in this state and others where such situations are discovered only after it is too late. A man in another state, for instance, is grieving the loss of his father, who reportedly passed away from a sepsis infection that may have been caused by nursing home negligence.

The man said that emergency room workers told him that the bed sores they found on his father's body were the worst they had ever seen on a patient in that particular nursing home. The man's father had been a patient at the facility for several months during recovery from a stroke. When he entered the nursing home, his medical records show he did not have any bed sores.

Nursing home negligence may be conduct or policy-related

If your loved one resides in a Wyoming convalescent home or nursing facility, you likely worry from time to time about quality care issues. It's only natural that you want your family member to receive the best care possible so as to enjoy the highest quality of life he or she can in spite of any physical or mental conditions that might be present. Your loved one should not have to worry about suffering injuries because of nursing home negligence.

Sadly, it happens in this state and across the country. Workers fail to carry out their duties according to accepted safety standards or facility policies may be in need of reform because they place patients at risk. In either situation, if your loved one suffers from medical neglect, you may have grounds for filing a personal injury claim in a civil court.

Decedent's estate claims nursing home negligence caused death

Many adult children in Wyoming have parents living in nursing homes. While this may prompt changes and challenges in their visiting schedules, it is still possible for children and aging parents to enjoy time together and for elders to get the care they need to help them have as high quality of lives as possible, even if they have physical or mental conditions that impede their ability to function independently. Families often must rely on nursing home staff members to help them achieve these goals; sadly, nursing home negligence often reduces quality of life.

In fact, in worst cases, substandard nursing care results in death, as the estate of a woman in another state claims it did in her case. The elderly woman reportedly suffered several injuries at the hands of her caretakers, which ultimately led to her death, according to a recently filed complaint. The wrongful death claim seeks a monetary judgment for damages that include loss of companionship, comfort and care for the three adult children who survive their mother, as well as funeral expenses and other costs related to the tragedy. 

Daughter blames nursing home negligence for mother's injuries

Helping a parent transition to life in a Wyoming nursing home can be an emotionally fragile and challenging experience. Adult children want to provide love and support to their aging parents, which often includes entrusting their daily care to others. If such others include licensed professionals who fail to act according to protocol and accepted safety standards, adult children may find themselves filing nursing home negligence claims, as a woman in another state has done.

The woman is distraught that her mother suffered not one, but several falls while residing in a nursing facility. Sadly, the elderly woman suffered multiple fractures as a result of those incidents. In the daughter's claim, the woman asserts that had nursing staff provided appropriate nursing and health care services, her mother may have avoided injury.

Woman claims nursing home negligence killed her husband

It is not uncommon for people to die while living in Wyoming nursing homes. Some patients are quite elderly and simply pass away from natural causes. Others contract terminal diseases or other illness where complications set in, such as pneumonia. Sadly, nursing home negligence is also responsible for many patient deaths in this state and others throughout the nation, which is the worst type of problem because it is the most easily preventable.

One woman in another state said she believes her husband died because of the substandard care he received in a nursing home. The man entered the facility in 2016. His widow contends that, between that time and the day he died, he suffered physical injuries, as well as mental and psychological harm.

Nursing home negligence: A problem that shouldn't exist

When you helped your aging parent transition to a full-time assisted-living residence, you assumed he or she would encounter various challenges while adapting to a new lifestyle. Perhaps your parent was used to living independently, so you knew it would take a while to get used to having to depend on licensed medical professionals for his or her daily needs. However, one problem you did not expect to face is nursing home negligence. Sadly, if you are currently in a situation where you think your loved one is being mistreated, you are definitely not along in your struggle, as many other Wyoming families have experienced similar problems in the past.

One thing you undoubtedly don't want to do is ignore your suspicions. There is no harm in conducting further investigation if a particular issue is troubling you. However, your family member's well-being may be at risk if an undiscovered problem is not addressed directly and promptly.