Former Housekeeper At Nursing Home Says She Was Fired For Reporting Resident Abuse, Neglect

A former worker at a nursing home is suing the facility and one of its contractors for wrongful termination after she reported abuse and neglect of the nursing facility's residents.

In the lawsuit, the woman said she worked as a housekeeper at the facility for
three months, and was supervised by nursing home staff.

During her employment, she said she observed numerous instances of improper care of the home's residents.

"[She] observed a male resident who had been left in his own waste for so many hours that he had feces caked on to his leg from his hip to below his knee, and had wet himself at least one time," the petition said.

She said  she saw the man sitting in his waste and reported it to her supervisor, the head nurse and two nurse's aides. Her supervisor sprayed deodorant in the man's room to cover the smell. The aides said they would leave him for the next shift.

"Two and a half hours later, he was still sitting in his own waste," she said. "He couldn't say nothing. I would always talk to him. He would just light up when I went to clean his room. It's heartbreaking when you see a resident not being taken care of."

Also, an elderly woman paralyzed from the waist down was left in her own waste. She rolled out of the bed and into the hallway to get someone to change her soiled garments and the nurses "just laughed at her," the woman said. 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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