Nursing Home Cited for Violation of Resident's Rights

A  nursing home was fined by the state after a resident was pinned down by two staff members against his will and forcibly given a suppository he did not want or need. The investigation, done by the State Health Department, was made public earlier this week. It found that the nurses violated the rights of the resident, who was described in the state report as being "cognitively intact and able to communicate without difficulty."

According to the report:
An error in the nursing home records led the nurse on duty the night of June 13 to mistakenly believed the man had not had a bowel movement for three days. She ordered a suppository, but the resident resisted by kicking and saying that he had a bowel movement the previous day and didn't need the treatment. The staff members proceeded to hold down the resident, and the nurse gave him the suppository even though he had the right to refuse the treatment.

After the investigation, the facility was ordered to take several actions. They included staff training about residents' rights and changing this resident's care plan to read that he has the right to refuse treatment. The home has met all requirements since the incident, according to the report. 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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