Family Member Calls In Police To Investigate Nursing Home Death, Neglect

One grandson is speaking up and taking action against a nursing home that he says kept his grandfather in deplorable conditions. He said that his 87-year-old grandfather has a bedsore on his hip so big you could stick your fist in it, and that his nursing home roommate recently died, which he alleges was also a result of poor nursing home care.

He alerted local authorities to his concerns about the nursing home and several agencies are investigating, according to the district attorney's office.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine what killed the 52-year-old roommate. Preliminary indications are that Waldo died as a result of "years of neglect to his own health," according to a memo.

The autopsy was ordered "out of an abundance of caution given the nature of the complaints," it continues. Waldo's legs had been amputated because of that neglect and vascular disease with gangrene had set in, according to the memo.

But the grandson of the roommate alleges he saw the resident last month in deplorable conditions that improved only after he notified police.

He "had laid in bed for seven days without a sheet being changed," he said. "Flies were swarming around his left leg stump, where the femur was exposed," he said.

As a double amputee, the man had been entitled to a "trapeze bar" over his bed so he could pull himself up. "Only after police were notified did they put a trapeze bar over his head."

The grandson said the bedsore on his grandfather's left hip was first noticed April 15. By early June, he said, "it was as big as my fist."

His grandfather "should have been up and mobile and moving around, but they didn't get him up for therapy," he said. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.