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What is Failure to Monitor in Nursing Homes?

Making the decision to place a family member or loved one in the care of a nursing home can be incredibly difficult. You likely want to ensure that your family member or loved one is getting the highest quality of care possible and is being treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve. Unfortunately, our loved ones do not always receive the best care possible, which can lead to injuries or other tragic outcomes. One thing that can lead to bad outcomes for nursing home residents is when there is failure to monitor them by the nursing home staff.

Failure to monitor most often occurs when nursing homes are understaffed. When nursing homes are understaffed they do not have enough people to adequately monitor all of the nursing home residents. Understaffed nursing homes can also lead to increases in the length of shifts and amount of hours for nursing home employees. Because of the long hours and stress of the job, nursing home employees may become fatigued, irritable or distracted, which can lead to mistakes that can have serious impacts on the residents.

When the nursing home staff does not perform adequate monitoring of every one of their residents, failure to monitor occurs. Failure to monitor can result in variety of problems. One problem which occurs is when there is not adequate attention given and a resident slips and falls. Falls can cause serious medical problems for the elderly and can even be life threatening. Another problem which can arise is bed sores. Bed sores occur when someone stays in a position for too long without being moved. Bed sores can result in serious medical problems for nursing home residents. Failure to monitor can also result in wandering accidents, in which the resident wanders off without knowledge of the nursing home staff and injuries his or herself.

Failure to monitor is a serious problem and should not be taken lightly. If you believe that your loved one was not being properly monitored and suffered an injury, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced nursing home attorney. An experienced attorney can help to ensure that you or your loved receives a fair outcome.


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