Nursing Home Cited for Neglect Following Multiple Resident Falls

According to the Department of Health, one nursing home was cited for neglect stemming from a complaint by a resident last summer.  The Department of Health sent a special investigator to the nursing home after a resident reported that she fell out of her wheelchair twice and out of a mechanical lift once; she hit her head during two of these falls.

A special investigator determined that the accusation of neglect was substantiated after a surprise visit. According to the report, the resident fell forward out of her wheelchair twice on June 8, 2010. The report also says that on July 5, 2010, a staff member used a mechanical lift to raise the resident, but the staff member didn’t know how to use it so the resident fell and developed a bump on the back of her head. The resident's care plan indicates that she has advanced dementia and was at risk for falls. 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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