Baton Rouge, LA – Nursing homes are supposed to provide specific forms of care and treatment for individuals who are vulnerable to illness and injuries. However, issues with funding and staffing often contribute to a lack of proper forms of assistance throughout each day, even with routine activities. There are a number of precautions that are supposed to be taken by homes to ensure that a patient is not hurt from a lack of assistance.
Typical workday for a nursing home aide
Nursing home workers and nurse’s aides have similar job duties. This can include helping patients get dressed and bathe, looking at vital signs for abnormalities, feeding them, and helping with transportation and walking to other areas of the facility. Cleaning and sanitation is another important part of a nursing home worker’s day, as this helps avoid illness and infections. While working with a nurse or doctor, the assistant may use or set up various forms of equipment for health screening and mobility. Forms of exercise and recreation should be provided on a regular basis for continued physical and mental health.
Healthcare employees are supposed to be vigilant to notice any sudden changes in health or emergencies as well. A lack of supervision can be legally actionable if it continues for an extended period of time.
Screening of employees
The employees who will be interacting with patients are also supposed to be vetted and checked before they are hired. This can include looking for criminal records, or a history of being terminated from similar positions in the same industry. There are various state licensing boards and required examinations to make sure that anyone working in these positions has obtained minimum competency in the field. Most healthcare licenses for nurses, doctors, and assistants also have to be renewed on a regular basis, and each state requires a license if one of these workers plans to stay and work in the jurisdiction.
Consequences for those who fail to provide adequate care
If a facility has been negligent in not providing any of these services and monitoring the health and safety of anyone under their care, it is possible that they may be named as a defendant in a civil lawsuit. Victims and their families can consult with an attorney who practices in this area of the law, and they will bring a civil case against the facility and its management if necessary.
Learning if it is necessary to sue a nursing home
Some people have had serious problems with family members who were injured or harmed while under the care of an assisted living facility or nursing home. Miller, Hampton, and Hilgendorf are attorneys who practice in Baton Rouge and assist local clients with these issues.
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