Facility Blamed For Neglect of Two Residents, Both of Whom Died of Sepsis From Pressure Ulcers

Four months after their mother's death, the daughters of one nursing home resident say there is no doubt in their minds that the rehab and extended care facility in which their mother was a resident is responsible for their mother's death. One of the daughters explained that her mother was just in the facility for a short rehabilitation period, but during that time she began telling them that her call light to get a nurse's help was being ignored. The family also said the woman was left in wet bed sheets, developed bedsores, was given the wrong medication and got a urinary tract infection that went all the way to her kidneys.

The girl's mother died on Aug. 22  from severe septic shock and renal failure, and within three days, her daughters filed complaints with the health department about their mother's care. Since then, they have filed a seven-page report with the health department documenting what they call patient neglect and abuse and they have also contacted the Attorney General's office about a possible investigation.

It is a similar story for two men who sent their father to the same facility in November 2008 for rehabilitation following treatment of arthritis in his neck. In January of this year, their father, a former fire fighter was transferred from the facility to a hospital for septic shock. The sons said that was when the hospital doctors notified them of untreated bed sores on their father, as well as a urinary tract infection. He died two days later.

Both families came forward with their stories on Thursday. The families said they are encouraged by the ongoing criminal investigation through Attorney General's office. It used undercover video from a patient's room as evidence against nurses and aides accused of neglecting an unidentified resident who had multiple sclerosis and was unable to move. Investigators said the video covered a six-week period in 2009, during which the staff routinely failed to turn or change the woman or treat her bedsores. Investigators said the staff then falsified records to show that they had done the work. In all 14 nurses and aides were arrested, charged and taken to court on Wednesday.

The families said they recognized some of the nurses and aides who were arrested, but they did not identify anyone they specifically blamed for their loved ones deaths. Both families also said they complained to management about the care their parents received, and the daughters said they were in the process of filing paperwork to have her moved. 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 Virginia.

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