Nursing Homes Accused of Resident Neglect; Wheelchair Bound Woman Found on Turnpike

Two separate nursing homes have been cited for several incidents of resident neglect, including a drug overdoes and broken bones.

In one incident, a resident was taken to the hospital unresponsive after suffering an overdose of opiates, according to investigators. The investigation determined that the resident had been given morphine and thyroid medicine by mistake.

In another case, a resident with anxiety and dementia was left unattended in a wheelchair in the lobby. The resident wandered away from the home in the wheelchair without the nursing home staff's knowledge and was found on a turnpike.

In other cases, a nurse found a resident with a broken arm which could have occurred from improper lifting or repositioning by the staff, according to the report. Another resident who was at risk for falls had fallen when an aide left the person alone in a bathroom. Two days later, when the resident complained of chest pain, it was discovered he had multiple rib fractures. For more, please 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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