Hidden Camera Reveals that Nursing Home Lied About Resident's Death to Cover Up Negligence

The daughter of an 88-year-old nursing home resident who suffered from dementia has learned that her father did not die a natural death in his bed at the nursing home. Instead, he choked to death while being fed by a caregiver.

His daughter who had installed a video camera in his room, was told by nursing home staff that he died peacefully.  After in investigation however, it was determined that on January 29, 2011 the man chocked to death and the aide failed to respond appropriately. When the man's daughter was informed of her father’s death, she says what she was told by the caregiver didn’t make sense.

After scanning through hours of video that was captured on the nanny cam, she found evidence that she says “shocked and devastated” her. After seeing the footage of her father choking to death, she called the coroner’s office and alleged that the nursing home had failed to provide appropriate first aid and had lied about the manner of his death.

The coroner investigated and found that the facility had falsified the death certificate information. Health licensing investigators also found 23 breaches of care involving the man's death and the care of other patients, according to an investigative report dated April 12 this year. 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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