Welcome to the City of Fowler website for nursing home and assisted living abuse attorneys at the Law Offices of Ben Yeroushalmi. As a team specializing in elder abuse and long-term care facility litigation, we would like to inform you of the many abuses to which your loved one may be vulnerable to in a nursing home or assisted living facility. We hope that you will be well-prepared to choose a home that will ensure that your loved one receives the best care possible when it comes time to choose a facility.
Located right beside the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan area, the City of Fowler in the San Joaquin Valley offers a big-city lifestyle. It has a booming agricultural industry and a population of over 5,000 residents. Not only is the U.S. Highway 99 easily accessible, Fowler also provides a high quality of life for residents, and a business-welcoming municipal government. The city plans to develop a solid industrial base in its industrial corridor to add on to its already abundant industrially-zoned land along Highway 99.
Infection prevention and control is a prevalent problem in nursing homes. Infections that older adults are often vulnerable to include Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), sepsis, and scabies. Due to residents living in such close proximity with each other, nursing homes must implement effective infection control standards to prevent the spread of infection. One of the most effective ways to prevent infection is by washing hands. A recent survey of healthcare facilities revealed that one of the key categories indicating quality was hand hygiene among nursing staff. Washing one’s hands may sound easy enough, but research has shown that far too many nurses disregard the importance of washing their hands before dealing with each individual patient. Inadequate staffing levels in nursing homes may even cause nurses to be even more likely to overlook important infection prevention measures like hand washing.
These infections alone can lead to serious consequences if left untreated. They become even more hazardous when the patient suffers from open wounds, such as bedsores, that make the patient easily susceptible to contracting bacteria. Nursing homes must ensure that they have the resources to provide your loved one with quality care, appropriately managing bedsores and infections that are both preventable and can be treated effectively if assessed early. In regards to bedsore prevention, nursing home staff must turn those patients regularly if they cannot do so on their own.
Your loved one’s skilled nursing facility must be equipped to perform proper preventative measures and treatments for infections and bedsores. If you believe that your loved one is suffering or has suffered due to inadequate care provided by a nursing home, contact us today for a free consultation.