Saturday, February 25, 2012

Health department verifies neglect at Sartell's Country Manor

The Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated a case of nursing home neglect that occurred at a Sartell nursing home, it was announced Wednesday.
A resident at Country Manor Health & Rehab Center fractured his pelvis in a nursing home fall after being left unattended on the toilet with an alarmed motion monitor, according to the complaint. The man was described in the report as having osteoarthrosis, diabetes mellitus and dementia, and had a history of falls. Health department verifies neglect at Sartell's Country Manor St. Cloud TIMES

Friday, February 24, 2012

Worst Massachusetts Nursing Homes mentionned

According to USA Today, 3 Massachusetts Nursing Homes have been included on the Governments list of lowest rated Nursing Homes:

- Calvin Coolidge Nuring & Rehab Ctr - Northampton Northampton MA
- Springside Rehabilitation and Skilled Care CenterPittsfieldMA
- Wingate At Wilbraham Rehab & Skilled Nurs ResidWilbrahamMA

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nurse Aide fired for Elder Abuse

A certified nursing assistant at a Grand Marais nursing home was cited for elder abuse for pulling two residents by the arms and speaking to one in a “disrespectful manner,” according to a state report made public on Wednesday.

The facility, Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center, was cited for procedural failings in relation to the incident, according to public records from the Minnesota Department of Health.
The employee, who wasn’t named, was suspended during an internal investigation that began June 2; she later was fired due to “lack of respect” for residents, the report said. An unannounced follow-up visit on Nov. 17 determined the facility had corrected its deficiencies, it added.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Family files $15 million wrongful death suit against Nursing Home

Family members filed a $15 million wrongful death lawsuit against a local nursing home on Wednesday. The complaint says Erwin Health Care Center in Unicoi County waited days before notifying a doctor or family members that one of their patients was “comatose.”
"This is a classic example of pure neglect,” attorney for the plaintiff Parke Morris said. “He was just forgotten."
Morris said William Warden, 93, entered Erwin Health Care Center on March 8th, 2011.
On March 28th, he weighed 162 pounds.
The lawsuit suggests Warden was in good health on April 25th when he visited with Alan Altizer and had a “pleasant conversation.”
But Warden's medical notes indicated a decline on May 2nd. They described him as "comatose."
Morris said no one notified a doctor – or the Warden Family – for two full days.
"If this had happened to an animal, we'd have the SPCA out demanding that a full investigation be done,” Morris said. “Here, it's just swept under the rug because it's a bunch of old people."
Family files $15 million wrongful death suit against Erwin Health Care

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Belleville nursing home negligent in 77-year-old resident's death

The 77-year-old nursing home resident who walked away from a Belleville nursing home last month and later died in the cold had wandered off from the facility two times in the weeks and months before his final disappearance, according to an inspection report released Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Despite these previous attempts, Aubrey Giles, who suffered from dementia, kidney failure and heart disease, was not wearing a patient monitoring device Jan. 14 when he left Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory Care, 727 N. 17th St., the report states.The report also states that Giles' care plan -- the set of services staff is supposed to provide the patient for their proper care -- "does not address (Giles') exit seeking behaviors and elopement attempts, and goals and interventions to address these behaviors."

Read more here:
State: Belleville nursing home negligent in 77-year-old resident's death - Belleville news -

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Former nursing home employee speaks out about abuse

A former nursing home employee said she was a witness to the elder abuse and neglect.
Ex-Brandon Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center employee who we'll call "Ann" worked as a certified nursing assistant at the facility for about six weeks.
"while I worked there I reported several cases of abuse," said Ann.
The health professional said she left after repeatedly seeing elderly patients neglected, left for hours in their waste and treated cruelly.
"I witnessed a gentleman fall out of his wheelchair and I witnessed one of the other aides that I was shadowing pull his shirt up over his head and when she did that his head bounced and hit the floor," said the certified nursing assistant.
The 30 year old wife and mother said she told her supervisors about the abuses but nothing was ever done.
She was disturbed by the sight of 74 year old Tommi Lovern's injuries.
"I definitely believe what the people are saying," said Ann.
"My dad was fine until he went to that nursing home. He was in his right mind and it's like he went down and down and down from there," said Renee Guy Thomas.

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