Alzheimer's Residents Supervised Only By Volunteer Cook; State Levies Fine Against Nursing Home

They are supposed to be cared for. Instead, state health inspectors say patients at a local Alzheimer's assisted living facility were left unattended.

Now, the facility has to pay for that lapse.

State health inspectors have come down hard on an assisted living residence that cares for Alzheimer's patients, but an unannounced inspection found seven residents attended only by a volunteer cook.

An official with the Department of Health called the violations "egregious." They range from improper maintenance of smoke alarms to what is being called the most serious violation: failure to maintain around-the-clock supervision by a qualified care provider.

"When that person is absent from the facility, it's kind of obvious that there is a breakdown in the care of those residents and they are going to be potentially in harm's way," said the Department of Health spokesperson.

The facility is facing a $1,600 fine and more scrutiny from the Department of Health.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. 

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