Marshalltown nursing home fined numerous times for not meeting standards of care

In today's modern times, it would be reasonable to expect that people residing in nursing homes should receive a high level of care. Unfortunately, this isn't often the case, according to a report by the National Center on Elder Abuse. About 90 percent of nursing homes throughout the nation are inadequately staffed and aren't able to provide the type of care that our loved ones deserve. This has, in many cases, resulted in serious injuries and even premature death for many senior citizens in Iowa and the rest of the country.

Common nursing home injuries

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report that up to 5.3 percent of Iowa residents older than 65 currently lived in nursing homes last year. Out of those, 22 percent had a recent fall in their facility, and about 4 percent suffered from bed sores.

Bed sores are common nursing home wounds that can be deadly if untreated, says the Mayo Clinic. If not treated properly, infections such as cellulitis or sepsis can set in.

Injuries resulting from a fall are especially dangerous to elderly people. A state-run nursing home in Iowa received multiple fines from instances of neglect in which several residents were injured by falling, said Fox News. One elderly woman died from her wounds, after falling while attempting to get out of bed. She had an alarm to alert staff when she tried to leave her bed, but the workers didn't notice the alarm going off. The facility also received fines for not preventing pressure sores on another resident.

Unacceptable instances of caregiver abuse

ABC News reported that up to one third of the nation's nursing homes have been cited for abuse by staff, which included residents being physically, verbally and sexually assaulted. In many cases, residents have suffered from malnutrition, dehydration and improper hygiene.

Residents who have regular visits from family members have a much better chance of avoiding abuse or neglect. When visiting a loved one, keep an eye out for the following signs that may show there's a problem:

  • Unsanitary living conditions.
  • Untreated bed sores, bruises and other wounds.
  • Change in attitude, anxiety, apparent tension between resident and caregiver.
  • Weight loss, apparent dehydration.

Since nursing home residents who suffer from abuse or neglect have a significantly higher chance of dying than those who are treated well, it's crucial to ensure your loved one is being taken care of.

Getting help from an attorney

If your family member was the victim of neglect or abuse at a nursing home, contact a personal injury attorney with experience in nursing home abuse. You may be eligible for compensation, and the facility may be held accountable.