This is an article about a woman who wanted to file a claim against a nursing home and her experience. It can be very difficult to prove the case of abuse and neglect in a long-term care facility without the use of technology (a video camera) because while abuse occurs, falls and other incidents of accidents also occur. While it can be challenging for a family member to prove abuse, it can be even more so, to prove neglect.
In this article, a case is described where a man with dementia who had a history of wandering was placed in a nursing home, only to die within a month of complications from dehydration. Is it possible the CNAs didn’t offer him enough to drink? Yes, this is possible. But did you know, some dementia patients who pace burn many calories (causing significant weight loss), while at the same time refuse to eat or drink enough to survive? Many patients with dementia who pace could use the benefit of additional calories through a feeding tube (G-tube), but they are so restless or agitated, that in some cases a G-tube can’t be inserted due the the dementia patient being at high risk for pulling it out.
Monitoring the delivery of good patient care can be challenging. I would like to hear your thoughts on this issue.