Nursing Home Investigated After Alleged Neglect

A state agency that is commissioned by the federal government to protect the disabled is investigating allegations of abuse and neglect involving a 37-year-old nursing home resident. The resident's sister said she contacted the agency after her brother was brought by ambulance Sunday to the hospital dehydrated, malnourished and in respiratory and renal failure.

She said she's furious over her brother's treatment at nursing home and with his appointed guardian's failure to identify problems there. The facility has had problems with other residents as well. In 2009, a 46-year-old mentally ill resident was found to have died from a morphine overdose despite the fact he wasn't prescribed the drug, or any other opiate, and was not known to seek out drugs. Police and state officials investigated the death as well as a second incident two months later involving another mentally ill resident found to have opiates in her system. But how the patient ended up with a fatal amount of morphine in his body remains a mystery. 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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