When loving adult children convince an aging parent to make the difficult decision to spend the remaining golden years of life in the care of an assisted living facility or nursing home, they do so with the reasonable presumption of that parent’s continued comfort and safety. In fact, according to the United States Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987, this is a legal presumption. All nursing home and assisted living residents are entitled to receive quality care and live in an environment that improves or maintains the quality of their physical and mental health.
Sadly, the staff and administrators do not always uphold the increased rights of the people under their care. Among the many signs that this may be the case in your loved one’s situation is the sanitation and cleanliness of the facility itself. Cleanliness and sanitation are a vital part of improving and maintaining the quality of physical and mental health of the elderly in any assisted living or nursing home facility.
When You Notice Unsanitary and Unclean Conditions
When you visit your loved one in a nursing home facility and you see signs of unsanitary or unclean conditions, the very best thing to do is to gather as much information as you can and contact your attorney. You may do your own investigation of the facts before you speak up to the caregivers and facility maintenance staff. Take pictures and write down copious notes about what you see, smell, and experience in your loved one’s room. Ask questions of your loved one about their experience. Here are some questions you may ask yourself & the staff in your investigation.
- What is the cleaning schedule?
- Are bed sheets being changed regularly?
- How consistently is clean bedding being provided?
- Are bedpans being properly cleaned and waste disposed of?
- What is the condition of your loved one’s bathroom?
- Is there mold in the shower?
- Is moldy, expired food being left in the refrigerator?
- Is expired food being left in the cabinets?
- Are there signs of mice or roaches?
- Is prepared food being left out for an extended period of time?
- Can you tour the kitchen facilities and common bathroom areas?
If you see clear signs of nursing home negligence as it pertains to the cleanliness and sanitation of your loved one, don’t hesitate to contact your Jaklitsch Law Group attorney right away. The family members of a nursing home or assisted living facility patient have the right to hold caregivers responsible for negligent behavior. Taking immediate action is the appropriate measure to ensure that your loved one receives the care they deserve and that responsible parties are held accountable for their negligence.
Maryland Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys
Financial compensation for your loved one may be a valid pursuit in the case of nursing home negligence due to unsanitary and unclean conditions. Part of the job of our Maryland personal injury attorneys will be to help your family member receive compensation for any medical expenses and pain and suffering caused by the nursing home’s negligent behavior. This is not only for the benefit of giving your loved one the care they deserve but also for the benefit of other patients in the nursing home facility that may be suffering under the same negligence.
Unclean, Unsanitary Conditions – Contact Our Nursing Home Negligence Lawyers
Schedule your free consultation with Jaklitsch Law Group today.Contact us online anytime to start the conversation as to how our team can serve you and your loved one. Can’t come to us? No problem. We are happy to arrange to meet you in Maryland or Virginia. From our offices in Upper Marlboro and Annapolis, we represent injured people throughout Prince George’s County, Ann Arundel County, southern Maryland and the Baltimore metropolitan area.
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