Welcome to the nursing home neglect information website for the city of Industry. As a team of attorneys specializing in elder abuse and nursing home neglect litigation, the Law Offices of Ben Yeroushalmi would like to provide you with insight to the many abuses to which your loved one may be subjected in a nursing home. When it comes time to choose a facility for your loved one, we hope that you can be well-prepared to select a home that will provide your loved one with the best care possible.
Industry is located in the San Gabriel Valley. The city was appropriately named Industry because of the many businesses and jobs that are available within the city. According to the 2010 census, the city offered 2,500 business and 80,000 jobs, but only had a population of 219. As a part of Los Angeles County, Industry is in relatively close proximity to Hollywood, and many of the cities landmarks have been used for filming. The Puente Hills Mall was used in the Back to the Future series and an Ikea that has since been demolished was used in the filming of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. In fact, a McDonalds in the city has been designated specifically for filming movies and commercials. The city also features the Vineland Drive-In movie theater, one of the few that remain in Southern California.
One frequently encountered problem in nursing homes is infection prevention and control. Some common infections include Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), sepsis, and scabies. Because residents live in such close quarters, it is extremely important for the nursing home to implement effective infection control measures. One of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection is by washing hands. In fact, in a recent survey of healthcare facilities, one of the categories considered to be an indicator of quality was hand hygiene among the nursing staff. Unfortunately, many nurses either overlook or ignore the importance of washing their hands regularly before dealing with individual patients. When nursing homes are understaffed, it is even more likely that nurses will forgo important infection prevention measures like hand washing.
While these infections alone can lead to severe consequences if left untreated, they become even more dangerous when the patient has open wounds, such as pressure ulcers, which can act as an entry point for bacteria. Since pressure ulcers and infections are both highly preventable and can be treated effectively if assessed early, it is important for you to find a nursing home with the resources to provide your loved one with proper care. With respect to pressure ulcer prevention, the nursing home staff needs to regularly turn those patients who cannot move on their own.
Please make sure that your loved one's skilled nursing facility is equipped to carry out the appropriate preventative measures and treatments for both infections and pressure ulcers. If you feel that your loved one's nursing home is not providing the care that your loved one requires, please contact us today to see how we can help.