Nursing Home Found Guilty of Falsifying Records to Cover up Neglect

"It was horrible," said the daughter of one nursing home resident regarding the 20 sores her father developed after just nine months in a nursing home. "He walked in on two legs and a cane. He was 237 pounds. When we got him back, he was 148 pounds and he had holes all over his body."

 The home allegedly had doctored records to try to cover up the neglect.  An FBI expert testified that about 100 different skin-check notes showing "G" for "good" had been penned over to show "B" for "broken" — an effort by the home to claim it hadn't missed the horrific sores. Someone went back through the records and wrote B's over the G's to cover their tracks. It is believed that the nursing home falsified the records after hearing that they were being sued.

The nursing home restrained the Alzheimer's-stricken resident to keep him from wandering off, but left him unattended for long periods. Rather than moving the patient every two hours to prevent such sores, like the law requires, records indicate he was only moved every four hours — if at all.

The man's daughter said she and her siblings chose the nursing home because it was the only facility that had a bed available in 2002, when they realized he could no longer live on his own. But it's a decision she'll regret forever. For more, read the story.

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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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