Unfortunately, every day brings new stories about horrific instances of elder abuse and mistreatment. While any form of elder abuse is unacceptable, our San Diego nursing home abuse attorneys know that many instances of abuse or neglect may go undetected because they may not seem to be obviously caused by mistreatment. For example, our lawyers recently explained the important connection between nurse staffing ratios, quality of care at long-term nursing facilities, and elder abuse. It is tragic when one’s loved ones are harmed when the people entrusted with their care fail to adhere to the standard of care.
Under California elder abuse law, caregivers must provide the degree of care that a reasonable person in a similar position would exercise. This includes providing medical care appropriate for a senior’s physical and mental health needs. It also includes protecting elders from health and safety hazards. Skilled nursing home facilities typically have written care plans or nursing care protocols they must follow in order to ensure they are complying with the standard of care. The failure to follow a care plan can lead to serious injury or death, and can be the basis of a San Diego elder neglect lawsuit.
Sadly, not all nursing home workers follow the protocols established to ensure the safety of their patients. According to Wood TV, a family is suing a nursing home facility over the death of their mother. The elderly woman died when her tracheostomy tube got caught around a bed rail and became dislodged. A tracheostomy tube provides an air passage to help a person when the usual route for breathing is obstructed or impaired in some way. Because of her size, the woman was supposed to have the help of two nursing home assistants to ensure that her tracheostomy tube did not dislodge. However, when the accident occurred only one assistant was helping the woman.