Aide Fired After Dropping Nursing Home Resident When She Should Have Used Transfer Belt

A state department of health found that an aide at a nursing home neglected a resident who fell March 9, causing an elbow fracture and hip bruise.

An employee of the nursing home was responsible for the neglect by failing to follow proper procedures, the state report said. The employee was suspended and then fired.

The employee was taking the resident to the bathroom without a transfer belt and with only one staff member instead of two, in violation of the resident’s care plan, the report said. The employee had twice been disciplined before, according to the state.

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An assistive device refers to equipment or other devices used by the patient to promote, supplement, or enhance the patient’s function and safety. Assistive devices include handrails, grab bars, canes, standard and rolling walkers, manually operated wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs, portable total body lifts, sit-to-stand lifts, transfer belts, gait belts, and mechanical lifts, including Hoyer lifts and Vanderlifts. Properly fitted and maintained assistive devices help prevent falls and other accidents.

Devices and other equipment like personal fall alarms can help monitor a patient’s activities, but do not eliminate the need for adequate supervision. Adequate supervision must be based on the individual patient’s needs and the hazards of the patient’s environment. Therefore, adequate supervision may vary from patient to patient.

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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. 

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