The State Department of Health is making plans to shut down a nursing home after a hidden camera revealed patient abuse and neglect. The facility has been on the state's "special focus facilities" for nearly five years due to severe deficiencies dealing with food handling and patient care.
The daughter of one 94-year-old resident recalled that staff would keep her mother "on the commode 30 to 45 minutes at a time." Due to 41 complaints at the facility and its poor status with the state, the State Attorney General made the decision to monitor the facility. Cameras revealed patients who were neglected.
The investigation also revealed that the facility has been committing Medicare fraud by claiming to provide care that was never actually administered. The facility was notified this week that the director of the department of health plans to revoke their license. The facility plans to appeal the decision which would require 91-residents to find new homes in 60 days. 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.
Posted on Mon, June 17, 2013
by Kristie Pierce