[The resident] looked away and was visibly upset and shaky. “Nobody came to help me untigl after the day shift came in. It was stuck to me. I think my skin came off! Nobody came. I was scared! I can’t explain how bad it was.” [The resident] sighed deeply and looked away. [The resident’s] lower lip quivered.The physical injuries to this resident may have been minor but the assault on her dignity was significant. Events like this are why nursing home residents at times describe being afraid of staff members and reluctant to be assertive in demanding the care that they need – because the staff can simply leave them sitting on a bed pan for hours on end instead of taking them to the toilet like they requested because they are “too busy.” Being “too busy,” having events like this occur, and having extended call light are the hallmarks of a nursing home that is understaffed. Understaffing of a nursing home sets the stage for poor outcomes such as falls, bed sores, and medication errors. Sadly, understaffing of a nursing home is part of the nursing home business model. One of our core beliefs is that nursing homes are built to fail due to the business model they follow and that unnecessary accidental injuries and wrongful deaths of nursing home residents are the inevitable result. Order our FREE report, Built to Fail, to learn more about why. Our experienced Chicago nursing home lawyers are ready to help you understand what happened, why, and what your rights are. Contact us to get the help you need. Other blog posts of interest: Resident at Christian Nursing Home in Lincoln develops pressure ulcer from immobilizer Flanagan Rehab resident develops infection from bed sore Staff at Hilltop Skilled Nursing fails to follow physician orders, Stage 4 bed sore results Resident develops bed sore from being left on bed pan at Mar Ka Nursing Home Resident develops bed sores on both heels at McLean County Nursing Home Oak Brook Care resident develops Stage IV pressure ulcer from immobilizer Click here to file a complaint about a nursing home with the Illinois Department of Public Health.