There are many instances of nursing home abuse in Alabama, such as allowing patients to develop dangerous bedsores. This type of treatment can have extremely negative impacts on the health of the residents who reside there.
However, abuse and neglect may also result in their death, as one family discovered recently when their relative died in a facility from alleged inattention that caused his health to decline rapidly.
A sudden change in health
According to Alabama Local, the resident’s family claims that the 75-year-old male was in good condition when he entered the nursing home but soon became weak and feeble from what they believe was severe neglect. One of the man’s relatives claims that the nursing staff at the facility all but left him to die, causing him to aspirate food during a meal. The family also claims that their relative lost a massive amount of weight and did not receive proper nutrition or liquids, which caused dehydration.
A question of staffing
While details of this man’s death may seem shocking, his family members and others with elderly or infirm relatives in facilities all over the state wonder if staffing issues and the workload in light of the country’s recent health crisis has pushed health care workers to their limits. Patient needs increase week by week and may leave those who are not ill but need assistance with daily tasks, such as dressing, walking and taking their meals on their own.
Increased pressure on health care facilities may cause these incidents to rise across the state. It is unclear how local public health offices plan to address the issue.