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Urinary tract infection as a warning sign of nursing home abuse

Senior citizens must combat numerous health hazards that come with age. Some of these risks are like culprits in the night – challenging to detect and unperceived by the naked eye. The fragile immune system of Missouri’s senior population makes them susceptible to infections, with one of the most common being a urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI is a kind of infection that attacks the urinary system, comprising the urethra, bladder and kidneys.

Female Nursing Home Resident

Although most cases of UTI are treatable with antibiotics that flush the bacteria out, it is concerning that a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report showed urinary tract infections being the second most typical infection in long-term care facilities. Is this a red flag revealing nursing home abuse?

Leading causes of UTI

With older adults’ physical and cognitive limitations, they rely on the nursing home’s staff to look after their needs with the highest standards. Otherwise, substandard care may lead to UTI. Here are possible UTI causes to watch out for:

  • Poor hygiene: Incorrect cleaning techniques or failure to wipe after urination or bowel movement
  • Dehydration: Insufficient fluids to drain bacteria or weakened immune system prone to bacteria
  • Misuse of catheter: Improper sterilization, usage and monitoring of the device causing bacteria accumulation
  • Urinary schedule mismanagement: Reduced mobility or prolonged waiting periods before bathroom breaks

There is still an assortment of risk factors that can result in an infected urinary tract. For instance, an older adult’s sugar levels may be off the charts due to diabetes. Their urine containing heightened sugar content may sit in the bladder longer than it should, thus gathering up infection-causing bacteria.

Additionally, it is crucial to note that nursing home residents usually do not have the physical and mental ability to communicate the complete picture of their pain and suffering effectively. Their family and other concerned relatives or friends must gather sufficient documentation to support their claim against the nursing home.

In pursuit of dignified care

You and your loved ones sought and paid for compassionate and responsible care for your golden years. Although the underpaid, undertrained and overworked staff is usually at the core of nursing home abuse, you must not be at the mercy of reckless and negligent services. An elder abuse legal counsel may assist in establishing the extent of damages for which you can seek financial compensation.