Nursing Home Resident, 93, Falls Out of Bed and Later Dies; Facility Under Investigation

Authorities are investigating the case of a 93-year-old nursing home patient who slipped and fell last month as she was getting out of bed, taken to a hospital and later died.

The nursing home patient was treated at the hospital for a cut to her head and a skin tear to her arm, said a field manager for the state agency.

The investigation is addressing whether there was neglect of the patient and if the nursing home failed to provide adequate supervision.

Anytime a significant injury occurs that may have resulted from abuse or neglect, health care providers are required to report it, she said.

Four reports were filed with a DSHS hot line about the patient’s care, triggering the investigation.

Reports were made by the nursing home’s director of nursing, the hospital, a relative of the patient and the state’s department of Adult Protective Services.

The case also is being investigated by police. 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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