Nursing Homes Fined After Choking Death and Resident Malnutrition

State regulators have fined two nursing homes after inspections revealed serious deficiencies. The first facility was fined after an elderly patient, whose care plan required assistance while eating, choked to death on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich after being left unattended in February. According to inspectors, staff members failed to carefully monitor the elderly patient, who suffered from mental illness and pulmonary disease.

The second facility fined by the state was a nursing home sanctioned after a patient lost 43 pounds in 46 days, dwindling to 108 pounds. The resident's care plan required dietary supplements to prevent rapid weight loss.But despite the weight loss, nutritional supplements were not ordered until more than a month later, the inspectors reported. The patient ended up in a hospital with sepsis, dehydration, and respiratory distress. 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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