We write a lot about shocking and extreme cases of elder abuse and neglect. But we want to remind you that, as nursing home neglect lawyers, it is just as important to look out for the small forms of neglect. The elderly are very vulnerable and the smallest thing can turn into a serious infection or other medical problem. A nursing home in Petaluma, California is being sued by the family of a former resident. According to the suit, the home did not provide proper care to the elderly 90-year-old woman and neglected her on a daily basis. They “repeatedly failed to perform basic wound monitoring, nutrition and hydration.”
Woman’s Wounds and Infections Worsened when Facility Neglected Proper Care
According to Audrey Gerard, the family’s attorney,
“When my client was evaluating the facility for her mother, she was given documents that described the home as having experts in wound care, but while she was there wounds became huge and infected…The wound was so bad that she had to be taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital, which filed a claim with the Sonoma County ombudsman’s office.”?
The home has received dozens of complaints in the past several years, including not properly hydrating residents, failing to prevent accidents, and not supplying proper diets, which can all be very harmful to the health of the elderly. According to the Medicare website, Petaluma Health and Rehabilitation has spent less licensed staff hours per patient than the average for a facility in California.
Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If you have witnessed your loved one being abused, you have noticed any strange bruises, scratches or sores, or you fear that the care they are receiving may be considered negligent or abusive, our professionals can address your questions and concerns. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation with one of our nursing home neglect lawyers at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.