Inspector Find Elderly Woman Tied to Wheelchair and Closes Facility

The state Agency for Health Care Administration has issued fine and ordered an assisted living facility to shut its doors. State inspectors arrived at the facility and found that an elderly woman had been restrained in her wheelchair using lap restraints. The woman was also forced to sit on a pressure ulcer which was making the wound worse.

According to a nurse that testified a trial, the elderly woman’s life was in imminent danger because her pressure ulcer was so severe that it could have led to her death. Her health conditions included seizure disorder, diabetes and psychosis. She was also not given the proper medication to treat her health issues.

The order that issued the closure of the assisted living facility gave 30 days to discharge the current residents and forbids acceptance of new residents. The assisted living facility had been cited by health regulators for other violations and resident care oversights in recent years. 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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