Former Aide Pleaded Guilty to Neglect of Elderly Patient with Sores Left in Soiled Linens

A woman pleaded guilty this week to neglect of an elderly care home resident. The former aide is the third suspect to enter a guilty plea in the case.  The charges stem from the death of an 80-year-old man in 2011 with multiple bed sores (also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus sores, and decubitus ulcers) who smelled of feces and urine.

The aide is accused of failing to care for the resident during her shift. Following the shift, the resident was found on the floor between his soiled bed and his dresser. He was sent to the hospital where he died twelve days later. The owner/operator of the home and another aide have also been charged with neglect. The operator's license was revoked after the investigation in December 2011. Officials with the Attorney General said the woman faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. 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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