Nursing Home Cited After Wheelchair Accident

A nursing home has been cited for neglect following a resident's fall. The resident, who is diagnosed with dementia was found lying under her wheelchair at the bottom of a flight of stairs back in July, according to a report by the state's Office of Health Facility Complaints.

As facility policy, residents at risk of wandering are fitted with electronic wristbands that lock exits when they approach them. After the female dementia patient was found at the top of a stairwell one day, she was given a wristband. Within eight hours, she had fallen down seven concrete stairs which is the likely caused fractures to two of her ribs. While the woman had just been suited with a electronic wristband, she was in an area of the facility without the automatic locks at the time of the fall. The facility disagrees with the investigatory findings but has taken measures to correct the deficiency. 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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