While most adults want to provide the best care possible for their parents, the reality is that different health conditions make it difficult for them to be there around the clock. Rather than let their parents suffer, many adults make the difficult decision to put their parents in a nursing home. Before doing so, adults usually conduct research as to which place will serve their parents’ needs the most. It is a difficult decision and one not made easily. Therefore, when a nursing home is charged with neglect, it can hit a little too close to home.
Nursing home neglect
A registered nurse on the staff of a Tennessee nursing home faces abuse charges after a woman in her care died. According to reports, the 69-year-old patient developed an ulcer on her right heel and the case manager in question did not assess it properly. Consequently, the ulcer got worse and the resident had to get an emergency surgery on her foot, which had gotten gangrene on it. The case manager also did not inform the doctor and the resident’s family of her worsening health.
Nursing home abuse and neglect is not only physical or emotional harm—it is often the result of a lack of proper care and attention, as in this case. The case manager in question is charged with elder abuse causing great bodily injury and could get 10 years in prison if she is convicted.
If a Tennessee resident believes a loved one in a nursing home was not being provided adequate care and was injured, he or she may want to consult an experienced attorney to discuss their options.