Nursing Home Tries to Dump Patient at Homeless Shelter
Out of the blue on Thursday a young woman says she received a call from the nursing home where her mother is staying informing her that her mother's insurance ran out and the facility said her mother had to go.
"They said very heartlessly that it wasn't their problem," the young woman said. "They said she wasn't staying there another night...that was going to be it."
The resident of the facility is only 55 years old and, up until July, had been a surgical coordinator at a local hospital but she suffered a stroke and has since been paralyzed.
The young woman said she begged the facility to give her a few days to find a place for her mother. However, according to witnesses, the facility loaded up the resident and drove her to the homeless shelter Thursday night.
"She was in tears when she got here," said shelter coordinator . "She didn't know what was going on."
The shelter could tell right away that the woman was in need of medical care they would not be able to provide so they refused to take her in and the woman was brought back to the nursing home.
The shelter involved said this kind of abandonment is not uncommon- and is only getting worse.
"Hospital dumps is what we call them," the shelter coordinator said "I've seen people wheeled in here in a wheelchair, placed on a chair and then they take the wheelchair away." 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
Posted on Tue, November 24, 2009
by Kristie Pierce