Nursing Homes Fined for Serious Care Deficiencies Affecting Five Elderly Patients

Official reports in one state have revealed three nursing homes were recently fined by the Department of Public Health for serious care deficiencies at the facilities. The incidents involved five different residents who were seriously injured or affected by the poor care they received.

One facility was cited for failing to provide sufficient care to a resident who refused proper treatment for so long that a wound on her leg was discovered to be infested with maggots. The resident developed the bed sores (also know as pressure ulcers, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers, and decubitus sores) after being diagnosed with dementia and depression. The department of health recommended that the patient be transferred last summer, however, the patient's doctor refused to provide the necessary signature for the move to occur and said the resident was not in immediate jeopardy. 

A second facility cited for serious care deficiencies was fined over $1,000 in connection with a fall that led to a pelvic fracture and failure to properly treat a patient suffering from constipation. The third facility received a citation for two care incidents as well. A patient at the facility who had lost their dentures suffered significant weight loss in a three week period. Staff had noted the patient experienced difficulty chewing, but the dietician was never consulted. Another resident was injured when staff performed an incorrect transfer of the patient. 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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