Within a span of just a few months, two residents at the same facility passed away as a direct result of nursing home neglect. That’s according to a new report by state health officials in Minnesota, whose findings were reported by the Star-Tribune.
The two separate incidents involve neglect and failed oversight, with one person suffering fatal injuries after a staffer used the wrong lift device and failed to get the proper assistance in moving the patient. In another case, an 85-year-old woman was denied life-saving measures during a heart attack because her directive on file was overlooked.
In many cases, nursing home neglect is the result of a combination of factors, namely:
- Lack of staff experience/ training.
- Failure to make there are enough staffers present to take care of patients’ basic needs.
- Failure to provide the appropriate equipment/ tools to properly care for residents.
- Lack of proper supervision.