Nursing Home Resident Found Dead with Cords Tangled Around Neck

Officials are investigating how an 82-year-old nursing home resident died last weekend at Heartland Healthcare. According to police, the elderly man was found on the floor by nursing assistant at 10:30 p.m.with an oxygen tube and electrical cord wrapped around his neck and tied to an assistance lever suspended over his bed.

The county coroner stated that it was unclear whether the cord was placed on the man's neck intentionally or whether it could have been accidental. The coroner said, “He may have been trying to get out of bed. He was found halfway in and halfway out of the bed with the cord wrapped around his neck. We don’t have any exact reason to believe it was suicide.”

The assistant who found the man called for help and three other nurses and assistants removed the constraints and returned the resident to his bed and began emergency resuscitation. The Fire Department EMS and Hospital Ambulance Service were called to help with resuscitation. At 12:16 a.m. Heartland called for the coroner who pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The man's son said his father has been very sick and had a long history of medical complications. The police investigation is continuing. 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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