Nursing Home Cited For Resident's Death When Air Conditioning Stopped Working Last Summer

Officials with the Department of Health and Environment Control have determined the care at a nursing home where a woman died in intense heat last summer was “substandard."  The 84-year-old resident was found unresponsive last June after the air conditioning in her wing of the facility stopped working.

Police went to the nursing home to check on the residents after concerned family members complained about the heat. Officers discovered that a wing of the facility had reached 91 degrees because of the lack of air conditioning.

After the residents death, state officials investigated and filed a 22-page report which identified "substandard quality of care and/or immediate jeopardy."  According to investigators, state regulations require health care facilities to keep the indoor temperature at or below 81 degrees.  Fore 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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