Nursing home abuse suspected in death of 95-year-old woman

It is not an easy choice to place your loved one in a nursing care facility in Philadelphia, but when his health becomes such that he can no longer care for himself, it often necessary. When the time comes, you want to be able to put your trust in the staff at the nursing home and rest assured that your loved one is properly cared for.

One family’s worse nightmare was realized when their 95-year-old loved one was injured while at a nursing home. Elder abuse from one of the caregivers at the home is suspected of contributing to the woman’s death. The incident occurred in 2006 when the caregiver told other staff at the home that the woman had fell on the floor. The woman was taken to the hospital where she was treated for a broken arm and given two units of blood for her severe blood loss. Nurses at the hospital also noticed that the woman had bruises on her lower back and pelvis.

The hospital staff did not believe that the woman’s injuries came from her falling. Her doctor said that many of her injuries could have come from a fall, but that her bruises could point to the possibility of abuse. The woman died almost three weeks after the incident.

Caregivers at the nursing home believe that the nursing assistant who was taking care of the woman that day had attacked her. Although no criminal charges have been filed yet, the family of the woman may wish to speak with an attorney about pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing assistant.

Source: Center for Investigative Reporting, “Elderly woman’s suspicious death largely ignored by state regulators,” Ryan Gabrielson, Sep. 9, 2013

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