Assisted living and nursing home caregivers are supposed to care for their patients and provide them with a high quality of life in their senior years. This includes providing adequate supervision and sheltering them from the harsh elements. When they fail to do so, the results can be deadly.
A recent incident at Cappella of Grand Junction Assisted Living and Memory Care highlights the devastating consequences of nursing home neglect and abuse.
The Colorado Office of the Attorney General recently charged three caregivers with the death of 86-year-old Hazel Place. The three caregivers allegedly left the elderly woman out in over 100-degree temperatures for over six hours. According to the family and to reports, not one caregiver checked on her, even though they knew her routine. Due to her dementia diagnosis and high-risk status, caregivers at Capella were supposed to check on Place every hour.
All three caregivers face one count each of negligent death of an at-risk person and criminally negligent homicide.
Adequate Supervision and Nursing Home Neglect
Assisted care facilities and nursing homes have a responsibility to ensure the safety of all their residents. Seniors often experience a decline in both physical and cognitive functioning. As such, caregivers must watch them closely to reduce their risk of suffering an injury. The level of supervision required varies from patient to patient. This will depend largely on the senior’s physical and mental capabilities.
Some activities that often require caregiver supervision include:
- Outside activity
- Bathing or grooming
- Eating and drinking
- Taking medications
- Participating in physical activities
Most nursing home residents cannot be left alone for long periods of time. They must be monitored while they are grooming, eating, and even sitting in the recreation room. Adequate supervision is critical and can help prevent serious and fatal accidents from occurring.
Nursing home caregivers who fail to adequately supervise their patients according to their care plan can face serious consequences. If an injury or death occurs, it is considered neglect. Claims involving nursing home neglect are often due to untrained staff or understaffing. As such, nursing home neglect cases often involve more than one negligent party. The nursing home or assisted living facility may share the blame for the accident.
Contact Our Denver Nursing Home Injury Lawyers
The attorneys at The Gold Law Firm have decades of experience handling complicated nursing home neglect and abuse cases in Denver and throughout the state of Colorado. Our attorneys will meet with you and your family to help explore all your legal options after your loved one suffers a serious injury or fatal complication after nursing home neglect. Call us today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653.