It’s summertime, and that means the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the temperatures are rising. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are not prepared for the heat.
In fact, many residents report that their home is too hot for them to be comfortable. This can be a major issue, especially in the summer months when temperatures soar into the 90s and beyond.
If you or a loved one is living in a nursing home that is too hot, there are steps you can take to make it more comfortable.
Nursing Homes Have a Duty to Keep Residents Safe
First, talk to the staff. They may not be aware of the problem and may be able to adjust the temperature for you.
If that doesn’t work, try asking the staff to open windows or use fans to cool down your room. You can also request to be moved to a cooler area of the nursing home, if available.
Finally, if all else fails, you can always contact your local ombudsman or file a complaint with the state department of health.
Some common symptoms associated with an overheating-related injury include:
- Heat rash,
- Heat cramps,
- Heat exhaustion, and
- Heat stroke.
If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.
No one deserves to suffer in the heat, especially not our elderly population. If you or someone you know is living in an uncomfortably hot nursing home, don’t hesitate to take action.
Our Team is Here to Help
Suffering an injury in a nursing home as a result of the facility’s negligence is unacceptable. If you or your loved one has endured harm in a nursing home as a result of another’s wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled team right away to learn more about what we can do to help you.
Call Dempsey Kingsland Osteen today at (816) 484-3776 for a free consultation regarding your case.