Many corporations that own and operate nursing homes have cut, not only nursing staff, but also dietary staff and aids who are responsible for assisting residents in receiving adequate and appropriate nutrition. This is troubling when you consider that nursing home and assisted living facility residents who suffer from a medical condition known as dysphagia are at a substantially increased risk of choking and suffocating or developing aspiration pneumonia. Dysphagia, which is the medical term used to describe the existence of a difficulty swallowing, is common among patients who possess a neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke or multiple sclerosis. Other causes include complications from surgery and the existence of a tumor. Dysphagia is often not properly assessed in the nursing home environment, and even when it is, often times adequate and appropriate measures are not taken to ensure that the nursing home resident will be free from further harm. More often than not, persons with dysphagia require, at a minimum, assistance with eating. They may also require a special diet or mechanical alternation of their food. In other words, the presence of dysphagia may require that all food be pureed before it is given to the resident to consume in order to minimize a choking hazard.
Nursing homes routinely fail to properly assess, intervene and implement necessary precautions to protect residents who suffer from dysphagia. They also frequently fail to have enough staff on hand to assist each resident who requires some assistance or supervision during meal times. These failures can lead to severe harm and even death. A resident who chokes and aspirates food contents may develop aspiration pneumonia.
Nursing home abuse lawyer James Keim has proudly represented families in Sarasota County and Charlotte County, Florida for nearly twenty years, and always provides a free consultation to discuss and explain the claims process involved in handling nursing home and assisted living facility abuse and neglect claims. All cases are handled on a contingency fee and costs basis. If you believe a loved one or family member was harmed, neglected or abused in a nursing home, please feel free to call (941) 426-7900 to discuss your rights under Florida law. The call and consultation are free, and there is no obligation.
Local Nursing Homes: Consulate Health Care of Port Charlotte, Englewood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Harbour Health Center, Life Care Center of Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte Rehabilitation Center, Signature Healthcare of Port Charlotte, Solaris Healthcare Charlotte Harbor, Village Place Health and Rehabilitation Center, and Quality Health of North Port. Local Assisted Living Facilities: Brookdale Port Charlotte, Brookdale Punta Gorda Isles, Brookdale Rotonda, Chelsea Place Retirement Living, LLC, The Courtyard Assisted Living, Haborview Acres, Inc., Harbour Terrace, Kimberly Place, Lexington Manor Assisted Living, Liz’s Adult Care Garden Home Facility, Palms of Punta Gorda, Royal Palm Retirement Centre, Sandhill Gardens Retirement Center, Vick Street Manor, Village Place Retirement, Young at Heart Adult Care Center, Inc., Gardens of North Port, Joy of Living II, Inc., La Belle La Vie, LLC, North Port Retirement Center, and The Springs at South Biscayne.