Unsanitary Conditions in Nursing Homes
Proper hygiene and sanitation is critical to keeping people healthy, particularly in nursing homes where people are living in close proximity to one another and sometimes have weakened immune systems. It is the responsibility of nursing home staff to keep their facilities clean as well as practice good hygiene when assisting residents. Unfortunately, however, not all nursing homes are regularly and adequately cleaned, potentially leading to the spread of illnesses among residents.
The failure to properly sanitize nursing homes and assisted living facilities is a serious form of nursing home negligence that can threaten the health and even the lives of residents. If you or someone you love is living in an unsafe environment in a Nashville-area nursing home, the attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP, can help you take legal action and fight back against this nursing home malpractice.
Examples of Unsanitary Conditions
There are many precautions that nursing home staff members must take so that residents are not threatened by illness. Frustratingly, not all nursing homes are this careful, allowing the following unsanitary practices:
- Failure to wash hands before handling food or medicine
- Failure to change residents’ sheets or bedpans when necessary
- Failure to quarantine residents with serious contagious conditions
- Leaving trash or old food exposed for long periods of time
- Failure to clean wounds / injuries
In these situations, negligent nursing home workers can be held accountable for their failure to maintain safe, clean environments for residents.
Contact a Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer in Nashville
If someone you know is living in unsanitary or unhealthy conditions in a nursing home, you can take action today to put an end to this negligence. Contact the attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP, today by calling 615-277-2765 to learn more about what you can do to help you.