State Investigates Facility After Patient's Body Found Covered With Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores)

The state agency responsible for licensing assisted living facilities is investigating the death of a man who was found at the facility with his arms and legs locked in a fetal position (severe contractures) and with knees that could not be pried apart.  The man's body was also covered with multiple severe pressure ulcers (bed sores, pressure sores, decubitus ulcers), he had been permitted to lose weight from 190 pounds to 100 pounds, and his bowel was perforated.  The man, who was autistic and mentally compromised, died shortly after he was found by police, who asked the state's attorney general also to investigate.  Read more about the man's condition.  
 
One of the man's friends is quoted as commenting, "[I]t's common sense if someone has severe deep bed sores all over his body that they are being neglected and not taken care for.”  Apparently it wasn't "common sense" for the facility, which was owned and operated as a part of a multi-facility chain.  I hope prayers for comfort and the passage of time will ease the pain this man's family must feel.
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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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