In Fulton, people who are in an assisted living facility rely on the nursing home staff to care for them in their daily lives. If nursing home negligence occurs, it can result in severe injury, illness and even death. People who are subjected to nursing home neglect are the most vulnerable in society, making any kind of injury all the more egregious.
Recently, a 25-year-old patient at a nursing facility died when he didn't receive his required amount of oxygen. The man was supposed to be checked every two hours due to his fragility and need to wear an oxygen mask. The nursing home staff was supposed to ensure that he was receiving the oxygen he needed. But, the man didn't receive an adequate amount of oxygen for eight hours. He was taken to the hospital and died two weeks later.
The 35-year-old nurse who was in charge of his care was accused of sleeping on the job. After an investigation, she was arrested and charged with a felony for endangering the disabled person's welfare.
There are many forms of abuse or neglect that can happen when a person is in need of assistance. While the medical professionals and nursing home staff are entrusted with a sick or elderly person's well-being, that doesn't always mean they're going to fulfill their duties. People in nursing homes can be subject to malnutrition, dehydration, emotional abuse and much more. If a family places a loved one in a nursing facility, the last thing they're expecting is for nursing home negligence to be the cause of illness or death. If this happens, the family has a right to seek compensation.
In this case, the 25-year-old patient died because he didn't receive the proper amount of oxygen. A nurse at the home has been arrested because of his death. When an incident like this occurs, the family may want to contact an attorney to discuss their legal options.
Source: Syracuse.com, "DeWitt nurse charged with felony after group home patient dies in her care," Julie McMahon, Mar. 20, 2014