Nursing Home Director Charged With Falsifying Medical Records to Cover-Up Missing Patient

The former director of a nursing home was arrested today on claims she falsified records to cover up an incident where resident with dementia went missing from the facility. The former director of facility allegedly failed to call 911 to report that a 74-year-old patient was missing from the facility on May 26. The elderly man, who suffers from multiple health issues, is still missing.

The director initially covered up the the patient's disappearance by telling investigators that he left against medical advice. The following day, she allegedly removed notes from his medical records and instructed a staff member to state in the his records that he left against medical advice. She also instructed staff not to call police. Four days later, the patient was officially reported as missing.

The director was arrested on one count of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person, three counts of falsifying business records, and a count of willful violation of the health laws. The missing resident has not yet been located, and police are asking the community to be on the lookout. 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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