Nursing Home Pleads Guilty to Medicare/Medicaid fraud for Failing to Care for Residents

A 73 year old former nursing home resident said she could walk and talk when she entered the nursing home where she was a resident for just 11 months. By the time her family pulled her out she was strapped into a wheelchair, unaware of her surroundings. Her family claims the nursing home staff gave her high doses of pain medication against the family's wishes. The former resident said the medication "knocked her out."

The former resident’s sister said she saw residents drugged so severely that their heads were resting face down in their meal plates. Gibson said she fell out of bed trying to go to the bathroom and broke her left leg. The home was slow to install protective braces on the bed, she said. In the meantime, they had her sleeping on the floor.

The woman’s family said the situation became serious when a nurse gave her an insulin dose that almost sent her into a coma. The woman does not have diabetes and does not use insulin, said the woman’s sister. That is when the family decided her life may be at risk and they took her out of the home.

Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap on Jan. 7 announced that the nursing home is a part of five nursing homes operated by the company Cathedral Rock which has recently plead guilty to defrauding Medicare and Medicaid by failing to provide adequate care to residents. The five companies face fines totaling $900,000. For more, read the story.

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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.