Nursing Home Caregiver Sentenced to Prison After Resident's Death from Bedsores

A former caregiver at an adult family home was sentenced to 31 months in prison on Friday for the the death of an 87-year-old resident in her care. The resident suffered for 22 days without proper care in 2008 before her family was notified that she had bedsores that went to the bone. It was determined by the court that the sores lead to her "preventable death."

The caregiver allegedly ignored other residents while she spent time chatting on the Internet to a boyfriend overseas. In addition to the caregiver, the owner of the adult home pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal mistreatment.

The elderly woman, who had Alzheimer's disease and heart problems, entered the facility in 2002. Her family was unaware that DSHS investigators had repeatedly cited the home for serious health and safety violations. In the nearly four years the woman lived at the facility, the home was cited for employing at least three caregivers who had disqualifying felony convictions such as child abuse, assault and drug possession. The facility was forced to close after the woman's death. 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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