Mice Found Nibbling at Long-Term Care Resident's Face

A dementia patient at a long-term care home is recovering after a staff member found mice nibbling at her face.

"We found out that last Sunday ... one of the staff of that facility walked into this resident's room and found mice nibbling on her face," said the executive director of a watchdog agency. "The lady was in fact bitten and now she's been medically treated for that ... I'm completely horrified. I think it's beyond words. I can't imagine being that lady who had this happen to her."

Because the woman is disabled, she could not move the mice off her face, the agency staffer said. "She's doing OK. Emotionally it impacted her and she's on medication to prevent infection."

A nest of mice was found in the woman's closet.

The investigation revealed that staff at the 200-bed facility first complained about mice about a year ago. The center, built in 2008, also has had a bedbug infestation for about nine months. The center could not be reached for comment. For more details, please 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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