Nursing Home Deaths Increase Focus Of State Department Of Health

A state Department of Health is noticing an increase in nursing home abuse due to tripling numbers of complaints from 2010 to 2013. The state released reports regarding the growing number of complaints and fact that they have doubled staffing to manage the complaints incoming. “It’s really disturbing to see the numbers of complaints going up,”said the director of the Vulnerable Adult Justice Project.

Two particular nursing home deaths due to abuse and neglect have brought even more focus on the issues with nursing homes. One patient was admitted unaware to staff and did not receive any care for over 18 hours. The patient was found “on the toilet with her/his head wedged between the toilet and the wall.” No one could account for how long she had been there and she died the next morning. The other patient was not provided fluids for over 18 hours and did not receive oxygen, even though there was difficulty breathing and was sent to a facility more than two hours away in a non-emergency vehicle. 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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