Nursing Home Fined After Resident Choked to Death

The State Department of Health is investigating a nursing home where a resident choked to death. The Health Department cited the nursing home this month for a deficiencies which placed residents in  “immediate jeopardy."

The 450 resident facility claims the care issues have been corrected since the recent deadly incident. The details of the choking incident have not yet been released. Nursing home residents frequently experience difficulty swallowing due to a variety of underlying conditions.

The same facility was fined $10,000 after a 2008 choking death in which the nursing home served a regular meal to a resident who's care plan required pureed food. The resident choked, was hospitalized and died.
The facility was also fined $13,300 for failing to provide prompt emergency response in 2007 to an 89-year-old resident who choked after eating and subsequently died of cardiac arrest. 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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