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Category Archives: Nursing Home Neglect

Nursing Homes: How to Ensure Good Patient Care

By Harvey L. Walner |

Once you’ve done the research on a nursing home facility, made a commitment, and settled your loved one into the environment…your job isn’t over. You checked out the staff, you made sure your loved one’s medications were in order, and you feel comfortable about the situation, but there should always be follow-up. For starters,… Read More »

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Are Skilled Nursing Facilities Failing Elderly Patients?

By Harvey L. Walner |

Over a one-month period of time in 2011 there were 1,538 elderly patient deaths within skilled nursing home facilities. This is but one heart-wrenching statistic reported in a new study released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  While it is a fact that many nursing home residents pass away.  The… Read More »

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How do Nursing Homes Protect Elderly Residents from Dangerous Falls

By Harvey L. Walner |

For the elderly, gone are the days where they can respond to a serious spill by dusting their knees and walking it off.  Falls pose a major risk to our elder population and may even result in fractured bones, bruises, loss of mobility, or even a brain injury. Although nursing homes are required to… Read More »

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What Determines Quality of Care in Nursing Homes?

By Harvey L. Walner |

The American Medical Association describes quality of care as “care that consistently contributes to the improvement or maintenance of quality and/or duration of life.”  Let me translate that into something useful for you. Essentially there are three things evaluated to determine “quality of care”. Resources used to provide care (staff) Actions used to provide… Read More »

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Why is nursing home neglect a common cause of dehydration?

By Harvey L. Walner |

Unfortunately, nursing home neglect is a cause of dehydration. In order for everything in the body to function properly, there needs to be enough hydration. Without enough water, people don’t just feel dehydrated – their system can shut down. As people age, it becomes even more vital that there is an appropriate amount of… Read More »

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How can choking episodes be prevented at nursing homes?

By Harvey L. Walner |

An unfortunate part of aging is the difficulty that eating can become for patients. Mealtimes are an important time for socialization and nourishment, but without proper attention and care, they can be fatal. Many nursing home residents need to be on special diets and eat under supervision in order to prevent choking episodes. However,… Read More »

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What can I do if I suspect someone in a nursing home is suffering from malnutrition?

By Harvey L. Walner |

It is sad to say that many nursing home residents do suffer from malnutrition, but you can make a difference. For a variety of reasons, nursing home residents may stop eating. Sometimes this occurs because they are simply just aging, and their body needs less food to consume. Other times, a refusal to eat… Read More »

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Why are dropped patients such a big nursing home injury incidence?

By Harvey L. Walner |

It is a sad fact that dropped patients are a common cause of nursing home injuries. In nursing homes, there are frequently needs that require staff to carry or pick up patients. When patients need to transfer between a wheelchair and their bed, or the toilet, or in the shower, they often require the… Read More »

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Who is responsible for pressure sore injuries in nursing homes?

By Harvey L. Walner |

A safety and health tactic that is commonly used in nursing homes to prevent pain and injuries is regular posture turning and monitoring of wounds. When the elderly are not regularly moved, regardless of their mobility, there is extended, unrelieved pressure on their skin. Over time, this pressure can lead to wounds that break… Read More »

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How can Illinois nursing homes prevent pressure sore injuries?

By Harvey L. Walner |

When people are immobile for an extended period of time, there is increased pressure and tension on the skin that is in contact with the bed. After time, this pressure can lead to a break in the skin, called a pressure sore ulcer. This break is commonly known as bedsores, and when they are… Read More »

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Suing the Nursing Home for Employee Negligence

By Harvey L. Walner |

When your loved one suffers physical or emotional injury from nursing home abuse and neglect, it can be difficult to know who to hold accountable. The Chicago nursing home negligence lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. know exactly what to look for to determine liability and seek maximum compensation for your family…. Read More »

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