Nursing home staff ignores alarms signaling equipment failure

For many families in Philadelphia, a decision to move a loved one into an adult care facility is usually a weighted one. There are a number of factors to consider as you want to ensure your relative is being treated with the highest level of care and respect. Unfortunately, there are instances of neglect in nursing homes. While some cases can be remedied, others have permanent consequences, as one recent incident reminds us.

Thanks to a whistleblower, the family of a 72-year-old woman found out the real cause of her death. The woman had been suffering from pneumonia when she was admitted to a nursing home in Long Island for temporary rehabilitation. The mother of three was supposed to be in the center for six weeks. According to law enforcement, her ventilator became disconnected and set off alarms that were ignored for two hours.

The woman passed away, and her family was told the cause was a heart attack. However, thanks to the whistleblower, an investigation was launched. As a result, nine individuals were arrested, seven of whom were charged in connection with the woman’s death. The state attorney general noted that there has been a pattern of abuse and neglect at the facility, resulting in severe injuries in at least one other patient. Additionally, he said that since 2008, there have been 5,000 accidents and other incidents at the home.

Anyone who feels a loved one may be experiencing either physical or psychological abuse at a nursing home facility should immediately contact an attorney to file a lawsuit. Elder abuse can have serious consequences and should not be tolerated.

Source: CBS New York, “9 Arrested in L.I. Nursing Home Probe Following Patient’s Death,” Feb. 11, 2014

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