Nursing Home Fined Following Deadly Altercation Between Two Dementia Patients

Officials from the State Department of Health have fined a nursing home $18,500  failing to prevent dementia patients from wandering. This comes following an incident when one of the facility's dementia patient's allegedly killed another in an altercation. The 78-year-old attacker remains in an undisclosed, secure facility on charges related to the Feb. 12 beating death of a 70-year-old resident who was also a dementia patient at the facility.

I addition to the fine, the Department of Health officials imposed a six-moth "provisional license" for the facility. Officials say the home was disciplined for failing to keep dementia residents from wandering into others' rooms, resulting in altercations. The provisional license gives the home time to correct 16 deficiencies found in the inspection following the attack. 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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