Nursing Home Loses Funding Due to Poor Dental Care for Residents

A resident of one nursing home contracted a potentially life-threatening gum infection because the staff allegedly hadn't removed the residents dentures for six months. Following numerous other citations, the nursing home lost its federal funding last week and will close until the problems can be corrected.

In the dentures incident, the nursing home received a Type A citation, the most severe, which is issued when there is immediate threat of death or injury to a nursing home resident. From June until Jan. 15, when the resident's face began to swell, there was no mention of dentures in the resident's records, and it wasn't until nine days after symptoms first occurred that a dentist examined the resident and found that the dentures "had not been removed for a very long time."

The dentures were corroded, according to the citation, and on Jan. 24 a dentist determined there was potential for the bacteria to enter the man's bloodstream. The University of Kentucky is planning an upcoming study to combat the poor dental care commonly received in long term care settings.  Eating less and losing weight is one problem associated with poor dental care, said Mark Bowman, president of Homestead, where the study will be conducted. 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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