Practicing behavior that supports proper sanitation is critical to your health and hygiene and can prevent a variety of health conditions and diseases. If your loved one depends on others in some way, or if they live in a facility like a nursing home, you want to make sure the caregivers and staff practice proper sanitation in accordance with the standard of care as outlined in the Nursing Home Reform Act. If caregivers do not provide a clean environment and a medical issue results from their negligence, you may qualify to take legal action. The more you understand how sanitation and hygiene affect your health may help you notice any red flags in your loved one’s health.
The Importance of Proper Sanitation and Good Hygiene
Sometimes the importance of hygiene occurs as an afterthought in the discussion of health; however, taking appropriate sanitary measures to maintain hygiene can save your life. Poor hygiene and insanitary spaces can cause disease and infections that prove fatal in severe cases. Though nursing homes have a high standard of care, some fall below it when it comes to sanitation and hygiene, according to The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Not everyone lives in a fully independent environment. Perhaps your loved one relies on others to assist them with their daily routine. Behavioral techniques you can implement to help ensure a sanitary environment include washing your hands, proper bathing techniques, dental care, frequent cleaning, and mindfulness of spreading germs in public spaces. These responsibilities shift when an elderly person can no longer care for themselves. A nursing home bears the responsibility to maintain the premises of a facility, for example. More specifically, the trained staff and overseeing administration bear responsibility for maintaining a sanitary environment and looking after residents’ hygiene.
If you feel like a loved one’s health remains in jeopardy because of another party failing to provide a safe and clean environment, report your concerns immediately and consider removing your loved one from the facility. You also have a right to seek legal representation to pursue a negligent party for losses, such as medical bills.
Diseases and Health Issues Cased by Poor Hygiene and Sanitation
The diseases and health conditions caused by a lack of sanitation vary greatly in severity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In minor cases, an acute and mild infection or rash may occur. More serious cases include life-threatening infections or ongoing health issues that can affect your life for a long time. Some diseases and ailments caused by failure to provide proper sanitation include:
- Tooth decay
- Gum Disease
- Bacterial and Viral Infections
- Food Poisoning
- Mites, Lice, Scabies, Pinworms, Ringworm
Dealing with an elderly loved one’s medical issues can cause you stress and can financially tax your family. If you feel like your loved one suffered because someone else failed to provide proper sanitation in an assisted living facility, you may qualify to take legal action.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for a Free Case Evaluation
If you suspect your loved one lives in an unhealthy environment due to the lack of proper sanitation, seek help immediately. This can mean reporting any alarming signs to both the nursing home administration and the police, as well as seeking a medical professional if they have signs or symptoms of a health issue.
Once you secure their health and safety, you may find yourself wondering about the legal action you may take. If you or a loved one suffered from an injury or illness due to the failure of others to properly maintain a facility, such as a nursing home, you may qualify for financial compensation. Every case differs, but you have a right to review your situation with a legal expert. The legal team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can discuss your case free of charge. Call (800) 842-6336 to schedule a consultation to learn more about how you can take action today.
Statutes of limitations may apply if you choose to take your case to court, so call as soon as you secure your loved one’s safety.