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Do You Believe there was a Failure to Supervise Patients in Your Loved One’s Nursing Home?
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The failure to supervise patients in a nursing home is negligence. Sadly, our law firm files are filled with the stories of nursing home residents who suffer because of neglect and abuse.

  • You’ve likely heard of a patient walking away from a nursing home and dying of exposure.

Or, you may have heard of a patient falling and fracturing a hip, developing bedsores, being given the wrong medication, not eating properly, or suffering dehydration.

  • Unfortunately, there are also cases of nursing home patients being abused by a staff member or suffering vicious attack by a fellow resident.

Failure to supervise nursing home patients can lead to distress, injury, and death. In fact, a nursing home has been cited for failing to supervise two patients who both had a pattern of aggressive outbursts. A fight broke out between the two and one of the patients was murdered.

The Consequences of a Failure to Supervise Patients in Nursing Homes

When patients aren’t properly supervised, the consequences range from inconvenience to embarrassment for not being able to the bathroom to pain, injury, and death, including murder. Failure to supervise may mean the failure to respond promptly to a call button, allowing a patient to abuse another patient, or failing to provide the correct medication or help a patient eat. The consequences of failing to supervise are serious. They include:

  • Failure to follow doctor’s orders
  • Falls
  • Fractured bones
  • Injuries
  • Bedsores
  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Medication errors
  • Nutritional problems
  • Psychological and emotional distress
  • Death
  • Assault
  • Long waits for help to get dressed or get to the bathroom
  • Long wait for assistance eating or changing a brief

What Causes a Lack of Patient Supervision in Nursing Homes?

failure to supervise patients in nursing homesYou might picture a nurse out for a smoke break when you think of a lack of supervision in a nursing home. While the smoke-break scenario may happen occasionally, what’s more likely to happen is that the staff is overworked and the nursing home is trying to save money by cutting staffing costs. Staffing costs are the biggest expense in the nursing home budget. Nurses and caretakers can each care for a limited number of patients. They are constantly pushed to do more, move faster, and cut corners. If your loved one has suffered because of a lack of supervision in a nursing home, your family has the right to financial compensation for her suffering.