State Levies Large Fine Against Nursing Home After Resident On "Suicide-Watch" Hung Himsel

The state report says that a nurse's note indicated that the man was going outside the facility to smoke and was found hanging about 20 minutes later, the report states.

A nursing home has been fined $90,000 after a state investigation concluded that inadequate care led to a patient's suicide.

On June 11, a 52-year-old man was found hanging from a fence in the parking lot of the nursing home. The man had rolled his wheelchair through a laundry room and into the lot, where he hung himself with a belt, a report by the state Department of Public Health states.

The report says the man was supposed to be under a constant suicide watch, but a health department spokesman said that was not done.

The report said "suicide watch at all times" was written on the man's care plan, and that a licensed vocational nurse working at the facility told investigators, "I missed it. I didn't see it."

The state issued a AA citation to the facility, which is the most severe penalty under law. 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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