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Connecticut Department of Public Health Fines 8 Nursing Homes


Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 23, 2014 in Nursing Home Neglect

Many people in New Milford try to care for their elderly parents and relatives, thinking they can meet all of their care needs. For some people, however, they just don't have the time or medical skills necessary to provide their loved ones with the care they need and deserve, opting to move them into a nursing home. Although some people think of relatives whose family members are in nursing homes as cold and unemotional, it can be a sign of wisdom to recognize that a family member needs better care than an untrained individual can provide.

It also takes considerable trust, however. According to a recent story in the New Haven Register, the Connecticut Department of Public Health fined eight nursing homes for a variety of reasons, but many of which could likely be attributed to negligent nursing care.

One of the most minor of violations was unnecessarily restraining a resident in a wheelchair. It does not appear that the resident was injured by the restraint. Some of the more severe incidents, however, had to do with falls and negligent medical care. In some of them, aides violated their respective nursing home policies, in some they failed to appreciate a resident's condition. Unfortunately, in the worst violation, a resident died because the home did not have a policy about certain procedures.

While most residents in most Connecticut nursing homes will be happy and healthy, it only takes a little negligence to cause serious injuries in these vulnerable residents. Should something terrible happen, however, a resident or family member may be able to seek compensation with the help of a nursing home negligence lawyer.

Source: New Haven Register, "8 Connecticut nursing homes fined for care lapses," Kate Farrish, Dec. 30, 2013