Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ManorCare's neglect was fatal, West argues in Court

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Workers in an understaffed nursing home failed to properly care for an 87-year-old woman who had stayed there for about three weeks before dying of dehydration, lawyers for the woman's son said during the first day of a civil trial Tuesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.
Too few nurses were on staff in Heartland of Charleston to make sure Dorothy Douglas, who suffered from dementia and Alzheimer's, was eating food and drinking water, lawyers for her son Tom told a jury. ..... after three weeks at Heartland, she was covered in bruises, sores and scars in various stages of healing, Quezan said. "You will find that the reason," Quezan said, "is that she was literally dying of thirst."
Before she was admitted to Heartland, the elderly woman could walk, talk and recognize family members, Quezan said.  Quezan claimed that Heartland intentionally keeps the home understaffed to increase the revenue generated by its residents. Heartland is owned by ManorCare Inc.,"
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Care home's neglect was fatal, lawyers argue - News - The Charleston Gazette - West Virginia News and Sports -

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