In nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, neglect presents itself in situations where facilities and their staff fail to properly care for and protect residents from preventable illnesses, injuries and distress. Of the many forms nursing home neglect can take, poor hygiene and sanitation are the most easily preventable types of neglect.
Bathroom and shower facilities must be cleaned and sanitized regularly to limit the spread of bacteria and germs. The same goes for food preparation and serving areas. A quality nursing home should hold itself to the same sanitation standards as any other medical facility.
In addition to a clean and sanitized environment, residents also need assistance with many everyday tasks involving personal hygiene. Staff must be available to assist residents with changing soiled or dirty undergarments and clothes, going to the bathroom or changing dressings and bandages. The impact of poor hygiene is often serious and can even be deadly.
Health risks associated with hygiene negligence include:
- Bedsores/pressure ulcers
- Rashes and other uncomfortable skin conditions
- Preventable illnesses
It’s important to understand how nursing home negligence can lead to poor hygienic care and contribute to serious complications that can endanger the lives of ageing loved ones. If a facility is failing to meet the standards outlined above or a resident is suffering from complications due to poor hygiene, it is advised that you file a complaint with the nursing home immediately.
It is imperative that nursing homes and related care facilities maintain a high level of cleanliness, while also maintaining the personal hygiene of the individual residents.
If you fear that you or your loved one is being forced to live in unsanitary conditions, or has suffered due to poor hygienic practices, contact a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney from Hupy and Abraham today. Our experienced attorneys can help protect your or your loved ones rights to quality care. For a free, no- obligation consultation, call 800-800-5678 or start a live chat with us anytime at Hupy.com.