Unclean premises are dirty, full of debris, or otherwise unsanitary.
In long-term care facilities, unclean premises cause accidents and can increase the likelihood of infections in patients. It is a nursing home’s responsibility to maintain clean and sanitary premises that promote safety and health.
Dangers of Unclean Premises
Unclean premises are dangerous to your loved one’s health. Some of the most notable dangers of unclean premises are:
- Tripping hazards: Unclean premises are usually full of tripping hazards. Many of them may be difficult to see since they are low to the ground or could be impeded by other objects laying around. Some pose an even greater danger if your loved one trips and falls on other items in the area.
- Accidents: Unclean premises can also lead to many accidents. Falling objects, tripping hazards, and fall injuries can result from multiple hazards within the area.
- Infections and illnesses: Maintaining a sanitary environment is one important step for infection prevention. Unclean premises can be contaminated with viruses and bacteria that live off of unclean surfaces or food waste. Coming into contact with them while in the area can lead to serious illness and expensive medical bills, especially for seniors with compromised immune systems.
- Respiratory issues: Because unclean premises are dirty and badly maintained, air pollution is a serious concern. The air quality in the area can lead to respiratory issues due to rotting waste, mold, airborne dirt, and bacteria and viruses in the air.
There are too many dangers associated with unclean premises that it is unrealistic to cover every possible hazard on a list. Seniors who live in facilities with unclean premises should be taken care of and not put at an increased risk.
Signs of Unclean Premises
No matter what kind of commercial property you visit, whether it is a restaurant or a nursing home, the signs of unclean premises are similar. Some signs to look out for include:
- Bad smells: Bad smells can be caused by food waste or waste that has not been properly disposed of. A lack of general cleaning contributes to reduced air quality and can also lead to bad smells.
- Dirty floors: A buildup of dirt on the floor shows that the staff has not cleaned them in a long time. This presents a fall hazard, as dirty floors can become slippery.
- Debris: Loose debris lying around shows that the area is not being maintained properly. That debris becomes a tripping hazard and can also present a health hazard, depending on what the debris is made out of.
- Unmaintained buildings: Buildings that do not receive regular maintenance fall apart quickly. This indicates a lack of effort on the part of the property owner. If the situation continues, the building’s deterioration will become a safety hazard.
- Stained signs or walls: Stains on walls or signs show that the staff has not cleaned them in a long time. It takes a considerable amount of time for the stains to appear. Without proper cleaning and removal, the stains will become permanent.
- No soap or paper towels in bathrooms: A lack of cleaning supplies in areas like the bathrooms shows that there is little focus on hygiene and cleaning in the facility.
These are some of the signs that a place is unclean and potentially dangerous. Extreme care should be taken when moving through unclean premises, as many of the potential hazards can remain unseen.
Responsibility for Clean Premises
The responsibility for cleaning premises falls on the management team and the staff. The management team of the facility is responsible for the upkeep and can be held responsible when accidents occur. If the staff is negligent in cleaning and securing the facility, then it is up to the management team to ensure that there is a cleaning plan that they are to follow. Otherwise, the facility will begin to decay, and the chance of accidents happening increases.
If your loved one is involved in an accident in an unclean residential care facility, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the property owner or whoever is responsible for the property. Your lawyer will need to determine who is liable for the accident. While it is a property owner’s responsibility to maintain the premises, your lawyer must prove that the condition of the area where the accident happened is a result of negligence by the cleaning staff.
Discuss Your Potential Legal Case
Unclean premises in long-term care facilities can be hazardous, causing injuries, infections, and possibly death. If your loved one has been harmed because of unclean premises in a nursing home, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 842-6336 to schedule a free consultation. We can discuss your potential legal case.