As the Chicago Sun Times previously reported an Oak Park nursing home faced a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of a dementia patient who was reportedly killed after a fight with another resident.
As the Illinois Department of Public Health report indicates, the nursing staff apparently failed to witness the incident, as the alleged aggressor walked into the victim’s room and an altercation ensued, which, as the story reports, was only discovered after the staff heard loud noises and observed blood on the floor of the victim’s room.
Perhaps the most troubling part of the story is that, although there was reportedly prior instances of “inappropriate behavior” by both residents, there was no supervision or monitoring plan in place for either in their plan of care.
This is particularly important, as attorneys dealing with nursing home accident cases very frequently find that the facility strayed from the resident’s plan of care. The plan of care, as the name implies, sets forth the treatment and specifications that residents are to receive while in nursing home facilities. They are implemented on or around the resident’s admission into these facilities and updated as circumstances warrant.
This is why, when your loved one is admitted into a nursing home, it is important to keep track of what their plan of care is. If you observe even the smallest deviation from this plan of care as time goes on, report it accordingly.
Often times, tragic events such as this are the culmination of a steadily progressing deviation from a resident’s plan of care and, in any case, your loved one deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and this includes a responsive staff that keeps to the plan of care that has been assigned.
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