Virginia Nursing Home Investigated After Resident Assaulted Fellow Resident

Police are investigating an aggravated assault at a Virginia nursing home earlier this month. According to police, the assault occurred on a Saturday evening at Consulate Health Care of Winsor, Virginia. Police say, a patient of the Alzheimer's ward entered the victim's room, closed the door and proceeded to assault the victim, who was in bed.

Officers are investigating whether the facility had the proper amount of staff present at the time of the incident and whether those staff were properly monitoring the patients. They say any concerns will be addressed through Adult Protective Services and Social Services.

The resident who became violent has been removed from the facility and has been taken to a more secure facility. The case will be presented to the Commonwealth's Attorney for prosecution. Consulate Health Care has had violence issues in the past. In 2011, an employee was arrested after she attacked an incapacitated Alzheimer's patient, putting lacerations to her lip, bruising her cheek and punching her eye, leaving it swollen shut. 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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