In many cases, an elderly senior does not need complete care and constant supervision but still needs some form of assistance on a daily basis. In these types of circumstances, a family may make the decision to place their loved one in an assisted living center instead of a nursing home. An assisted living center provides an option for an elderly person to receive assistance when they need it and also maintain a high level of independence as well as privacy.
Unfortunately, assisted living centers are also facilities where elder abuse and neglect may occur, resulting in an accident that can result in serious or life-threatening injuries. If your loved one experienced any kind of accident in an assisted living center as a result of the negligence or abuse from the assisted living staff, learn how a Jacksonville assisted living accident lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can work with you to answer all of your questions. Call (800) 842-6336 today.
Examples of Assisted Living Facility Accidents
According to the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), an assisted living facility will provide services to the elderly in the least restrictive and most home-like conditions. While assisted living centers give residents more independence and privacy, they still offer certain types of treatment and supervision as nursing home facilities. As a result, assisted living facilities also may have residents suffering from accidents resulting in injuries or even death. Some of the types of accidents that may occur in an assisted living facility include the following:
Incorrect Medication Preparation and Administration
In many cases, residents of assisted living centers still require assistance with the preparation and administration of medications. If there are any accidents that relate to either the preparation of the medication, the interaction of medications, or the failure to ensure that the resident takes the medication correctly, it can result in serious or life-threatening complications.
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Lack of Hygiene or Cleanliness
Some infections and diseases occur as the direct result of the accidental failure of nursing home staff residents to ensure that the common areas and private residences remain clean. The failure to ensure this basic hygiene can cause serious infections and diseases to quickly spread throughout a nursing home.
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Failure to Provide Nutrition or Hydration
An employee of an assisted living center may accidentally fail to give a nursing home resident appropriate hydration or nutrition. As a result, a resident may suffer serious medical complications. One of the main reasons that elderly family members need to go to an assisted living facility is to ensure that they receive the proper medication correctly.
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Failure to Provide Medical Assistance When Necessary
When an event occurs that affects the health of an assisted living facility resident, the staff has a duty and obligation to immediately contact a physician or an ambulance. If the employees of an assisted facility do not recognize that a serious event occurred or accidentally failed to follow protocol by failing to contact emergency services or a healthcare provider, it can result in catastrophic injuries or the death of a resident.
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Failure to Properly Supervise Residents of Assisted Living Centers
According to the Florida Department of Health, over 2,600 elderly residents’ injuries related to a fall in 2015. As a result, older residents of assisted living centers that experience a fall may have continued medical conditions, health complications, a fear of falling again, and a loss of independence and quality of life. An assisted living facility has a duty and responsibility to monitor elderly residents to prevent falls. Some of the ways that an assisted living facility can attempt to prevent falls include the following:
- Monitor residents that are at an increased risk for falling due to frailty or medications that make them drowsy or dizzy
- Make sure that the entire facility has proper lighting
- Ensure that the floor remains clean and not slippery and that all rugs remain secured
- Make sure to assist residents that have difficulty with mobility as needed
- Ensure that residents receive proper hydration and nutrition in order to keep their immune system and strength up to avoid imbalance, fatigue, and weakness, which can lead to falls
- Ensure that residents exercise properly to ensure that they retain muscle mass and bone strength
- Ensure that all residents receive proper eye checks and eyewear so that they can see better and avoid falling
- Ensure that all residents receive proper footwear, which can assist in overall stability as they walk
If your loved one experienced a fall or accident in an assisted living center as a result of the failure of the assisted living center’s staff to supervise them, you may have the ability to receive compensation for your loved one’s medical costs and well as pain and suffering. A Jacksonville assisted living accident lawyer at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can work with you to help determine what types of compensation your loved one may have the legal right to pursue under the law.
Learn How to Help Your Elderly Loved One Receive Justice
While your family member may not need all of the supervision and care of a nursing home, they still have the legal right to receive proper supervision and care as a resident of an assisted living facility. While they may have more independence and privacy, they still need assistance with daily tasks.
The failure of an assisted living center to help your loved one may have resulted in a serious accident resulting in astronomical medical bills, continued medical challenges, and pain and suffering. Learn how a Jacksonville assisted living accident lawyer can help your elderly loved one to receive justice by contacting a Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 842-6336 and learning all of your legal options regarding your family member.