Everything listed under: nursing home abuse

  • Former Nursing Home Employee Charged with Patient Neglect

    One former Licensed Practical Nurse recently pleaded not guilty to two felonies and two misdemeanors following charges of patient neglect. In 2017, an elderly resident at a nursing home choked to death under this nurse’s supervision. According to a detective, the police had grounds to believe patient neglect occurred under this nurse’s care.The police detective stated the brother of the deceased patient “was packing up his brother’s belongings when somebody approached him and he made allegations...  Read More...

  • Numerous Citations at Nursing Home Facility, Facing Probable Closure

    One nursing home is potentially facing an abrupt but possibly not surprising closure. For nearly two years, numerous citations from its state’s Department of Public Health have impeded the success of this nursing home facility. The facility is currently prohibited from admitting new residents, and its current residents are being relocated to other facilities.Instances of abuse and neglect may be among the violations the facility has faced.   Read More...

  • Assisted Living Employee Charged with Rape of Elderly Resident, Investigation Pending

    An 84-year-old resident of an assisted living community has purportedly been sexually assaulted by a staff member. The police were contacted after the daughter of the alleged victim believed her mother had been assaulted. The staff member was suspended from employment, arrested, and charged with rape.“The safety of our residents and employees at [the assisted living] community is always of paramount importance.   Read More...

  • Nursing Home Resident Dies from Sepsis, $1 Million Awarded for Damages

    One nursing home was ordered to pay $1 million in damages following arbitration for a resident that developed a pressure ulcer and later died of sepsis. According to court records, this resident was ordered by a physician to begin using a low-air mattress after a pressure ulcer was revealed. The air mattress reportedly arrived to the facility eight days after the order was made.Court records also revealed other reasons why the pressure ulcer may have continued to deteriorate under the facility&r...  Read More...

  • Set of Bills Circulating in One State to Decrease Use of Anti-psychotics in Nursing Home Facilities

    Senior advocates in one state are working hard to ensure that the use of anti-psychotic drugs in nursing home facilities continues to decrease. The use of these drugs can have dire consequences for seniors with dementia and related disorders due to the heightened risks of falls, strokes, and other complications. Two bills circulating in this state would require the written consent of either the patient or the patient’s family before administering the anti-psychotic drugs, if passed.Accordi...  Read More...

  • Premature Deaths of Residents at one Nursing Home Facility Not Investigated

    One nursing home is facing consequences after instances of residents’ unexpected deaths went unreported. According to the law, these sorts of untimely deaths are to be reported to the Department of Health. Caregiver abuse, neglect, and mistreatment must be ruled out as a cause or aid to the residents’ deaths.Consequently, the nursing home is facing both federal and state fines.   Read More...

  • One State’s Supreme Court Reversal May Exempt Nursing Home from Alleged Negligent Care

    One nursing home named as a defendant in a lawsuit for alleged negligent care may be exempt legally, according to one state’s Supreme Court ruling. According to the new ruling, this nursing home may be able to claim special immunity due to its “charitable status.” The state’s Supreme Court reversed the prior decision made by the state’s Court of Appeals, which previously asserted no immunity could be sought.According to the Supreme Court justices, a jury concluded t...  Read More...

  • Bill Proposed in Efforts to Deter Invasion of Developmentally Disabled Elders’ Privacy

    One state’s senator is supporting a bill in hopes of further protecting seniors with developmental disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s. The bill provides additional specification for violations of these vulnerable seniors’ privacy rights, especially those in nursing homes. If passed, the bill would instill laws and regulations to prevent privacy breaches.The bill was ignited following an incident where a nurse’s aide took and posted a photograph on social media of a demente...  Read More...

  • Facility for Disabled Residents May Have Neglected Safety Protocol

    One nursing home for persons with physical and psychological ailments has reportedly neglected to take precautions for its residents’ safety. If a nursing home participates in Medicaid and/or Medicare programs, there are specific criteria that the facility must strictly follow. According to its state’s Department of Health, staff at this facility were not adequately protecting the residents from various types of physical and sexual abuse.This facility has faced issues in the past, fr...  Read More...

  • Nurse Arrested and Charged Following Report of Unwanted Sexual Contact with an Elderly Resident

    A nurse at an assisted living facility was arrested and charged for the alleged sexual battery of an elderly resident. The resident, who suffered from multiple medical complications, reported to facility management and subsequently to police that a nurse had molested him. The nurse had reportedly disappeared for over an hour before another employee found her in the victim’s bathroom, dressing herself.After the report, the elderly resident was sent to a medical center for further evaluation...  Read More...