Care Home Owner Sentenced to Prison In Connection With Patient's Death

The owner of a personal care home previously shut down by the state was sentenced Friday to a minimum of six months in prison for neglecting a resident. The 80-year-old resident died in 2011 from malnutrition, pneumonia, and bed sores (also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus sores, and decubitus ulcers).

In addition to the charges against the owner, two aides were also charged with criminal neglect. The owner pleaded guilty and was sentenced last week. The plea deal capped the penalty which the judge could sentence. In the sentencing, the judge said that woman was advised multiple times of the patient's deteriorating condition. Yet, the owner dismissed the warnings and took no action to advise herself of the man's actual condition.

A wound care facility that tried to intervene told the owner that the patient's condition was the worst they had seen. The man suffered from pressure ulcers on his arms, legs, buttocks and other areas. He also suffered from rapid weight loss due to malnutrition. For more, read the stor.


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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