Nursing and long term care homes in Ontario are supposed to provide a safe, caring and comfortable environment for the elderly. Sometimes, however, nuring facilities and long term care homes can be places of abuse and terror for the residents. There have been many news reports of elderly residents suffering abuse, neglect and injury in long term care homes. The news reporters and media outlets that have been bringing to light the systemic problems with Ontario's long term care homes should be commended. These reports have almost certainly contributed to greater public awareness, a call to action, and reform in nursing home inspection and regulation.
The reports also reveal that many incidents of nursing home abuse and neglect were entirely preventable. If you suspect that a loved one has suffered abuse, injury or neglect at a nursing home, you can make a complaint with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. To make a complaint to the Ministry, call the toll-free Long-Term Care ACTION Line at 1-866-434-0144.
To learn more about making a complaint, you can visit the Ministry of Health's website here.
It is also advisable to contact a Ontario lawyer that handles nursing home negligence and abuse claims. Iacobelli Law Firm may be able to help if your loved one has been injured as a result of nursing home negligence or abuse. For a free consultation contact us at 416-900-1070 or 1-866-234-6093.
Pressure sores (also referred to as bed sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) may result in serious injury, and sometimes even death. Pressure sores are often associated with neglect, as there are two major factors that contribute to the development of a pressure ulcer. These factors are:
1.extended time in one position, causing pressure to be applied to bony parts of the body; and
2. extended time when moisture or human waste is in contact with the skin.
Not surprisingly, it is the most vulnerable members of our society, often the elderly and immobile, that are at the greatest risk for developing pressure sores. The elderly and the disabled rely upon their caregivers and treatment providers to prevent the onset of a pressure ulcer.
When a patient is left lying or sitting in one position for long periods of time, the blood flow to the skin and tissue becomes restricted. As a result, healthy tissue slowly begins to die, resulting in a sore or wound. When contact with human waste is involved the process is accelerated.
If a pressure sore develops, a patient will have pain. In addition, if the pressure sore becomes advanced, serious medical problems can occur. Complications from pressure sores can be extremely serious and may include Infection, sepsis, osteomyelitis, and amputation. In some cases, pressure sores can result in significant complications that may be fatal.
If a loved one has developed a serious pressure sore while under the care of a hospital or nursing home, it may be the result of neglect. For a complimentary consultation, contact Iacobelli Law Firm.