Inspection Finds Nursing Home Residents Were Severely Neglected

The daughter of an elderly woman who died after suffering "severe neglect" at a care home has called for an urgent change in the way homes are inspected. the woman's mother, an 83-year-old alzheimer's sufferer, was one of five residents of the nursing home who died within two weeks of each other between July 22 and August 6 2009.

An investigation into the deaths, published earlier this week, said they died from severe neglect.   While the facility has been following a plan to prevent future neglect, the woman said more frequent unannounced inspections are still needed.  The woman also said while her mother was living there, she was often left in urine-saturated clothes, and often had dirty fingernails. Mrs Robinson said she tried to raise the problem with officials and some suggestions were made by inspectors, but they did not follow up. Others also feel that the residents were "let down" by the quality of management and nursing care.The investigation found that they had been suffering a lack of basic care, including food and water. 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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