Nursing home negligence: Does it make people wary?

| May 5, 2020 | nursing home negligence

In Wyoming and most other states, there are many families currently discerning whether an aging loved one might be better off in an assisted living facility. It sometimes takes months, even years, to make such decisions, and adult children of elders often conduct extensive research that includes in person visits to various nursing homes to help them choose. Sadly, nursing home negligence is problematic in many regions, which makes many elderly people, recovering surgical patients and others hesitant to transition to assisted living care.

If a system is functioning as it should, living in a nursing home can be less worrisome that having an elder family member trying to live independently. Mental health decline and numerous physical issues can make independent living nearly or completely impossible. By moving into an assisted living facility, an elder no longer has to worry about maintenance and repair of a home, rental agreements with a landlord or any number of other issues that often arise in a single family dwelling or apartment.

There are precautions taken to keep nursing home patients safe. In some cases, a resident’s medical records include instructions that he or she is to be supervised at all times. Meals, transportation and other assistance are also provided in nursing homes, which can enable an older person or someone in rehabilitation to enjoy a healthy lifestyle without having to deal with the logistics of it all.

If nursing home negligence occurs, it can make families wonder if they made a poor decision when moving a loved one into an assisted living facility. This is a tragic consequence because every Wyoming family should be able to trust care providers to adhere to state laws, regulations and accepted standards of care to provide a safe and healthy living environment for a family member. Anyone with questions about such laws or in need of support regarding a particular case may seek consultation with an attorney who is experienced in medical malpractice litigation.