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Pastor calls out nursing home for suspected neglect

When James Brown brought Pastor Julia Wiggins to visit his mother at Altercare Nobles Pond nursing home, they found her in the corner of the nurses station “face down into a soft pillow gasping for breath and strangling on her own saliva,” Wiggins wrote in a Facebook post. “That’s my momma!” Mr. Brown reportedly cried out. “Upon hearing her son’s voice, she tried with all her might to raise her head,” Wiggins post continues. Wiggins said she and Mr. Brown yelled for help but it took five to 10 minutes for anyone to come and assist them. The family ultimately ... Read More

Nursing home employees indicted for letting patient ‘rot to death’

Seven former and current employees of an Ohio nursing home were indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges they mistreated two patients in their care, including one who “literally rotted to death,” Attorney General Dave Yost said during a news conference. The seven employees were nurses at Whetstone Gardens and Care Center in Columbus, Ohio in 2017. They face a combined 34 charges including involuntary manslaughter and patient neglect, and for causing a patient physical harm because they falsified her medical records and forged signatures. “This is gut wrenching for anyone who has entrusted a care facility ... Read More

Nursing home faces wrongful death lawsuit

The family of an elderly Massachusetts woman is suing the nursing home where she was living for wrongful death, alleging the facility failed to respond to the 88-year-old woman’s cries of distress, and engaged in a cover-up by withholding the identities of four nurses at the facility charged with her care. Kathryn Miller died March 2015 at Alden Court Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The nursing home claimed in court documents that Miller died from a seizure. But her death certificate states that she died from asphyxiation. A post-mortem exam revealed something in her throat that resembled ... Read More

Signs of sexual abuse in nursing home patients

Recent news of a nursing home patient in a persistent vegetative state who gave birth, surprising her family and the facility’s staff and spurring a sexual assault investigation, has brought to the forefront the need for education, advocacy and action when it comes to protecting vulnerable nursing home residents from sexual abuse. “Due diligence needs to be done by these facilities as they’re hiring staff. There needs to be better monitoring of staff in terms of making sure residents are protected. It really does put us all on notice,” National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (NCVQL) Executive Director Lori ... Read More

MA nursing home agrees to pay $1 million to settle wrongful death lawsuit

A Westborough, Massachusetts, nursing home has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the daughter of an elderly woman who died from injuries sustained after falling at the facility. Candilou C. Hitchcock filed the lawsuit in Worcester Superior Court in 2017. Her mother, Betty “Betsy” Ford Crane, 89, was living at Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center when, on July 29, 2015, she fell, suffering blunt force head trauma. She died a week later on Aug. 7, 2015. Crane suffered from dementia and had fallen at least 21 other times while at the facility. ... Read More

Nurse arrested for sexual abuse of nursing home patient who gave birth

Phoenix police arrested a licensed nurse on preliminary charges of sexual abuse and abuse of a vulnerable adult following an investigation into the unexpected birth of a baby last month to a woman in a persistent vegetative state. The woman is a patient of Hacienda HealthCare, the nursing home where the man, Nathan Sutherland, worked as her caregiver. He was compelled by court order to provide a DNA sample. Crime lab technicians determined his DNA matched the baby’s. The nursing home issued a statement that it was “troubled beyond words to think that a … nurse could be capable of ... Read More

Comatose nursing home patient may have suffered during childbirth

The woman in a decade-long persistent vegetative state who gave birth to a healthy baby boy last month to the surprise of her family and the staff at the Phoenix, Arizona nursing home where she lived, may have suffered great pain during labor and delivery, a maternal fetal medicine expert told CNN. “I can tell you that to go through labor and deliver a baby with absolutely no analgesic is difficult, but I can’t speculate as to what this patient felt, if she felt any pain, if she knew it was happening,” said Dr. Deborah Feldman, director of maternal fetal ... Read More

Nursing facility CEO resigns after patient in vegetative state gives birth

The chief executive officer of the Phoenix, Arizona nursing home where a patient in a long-time persistent vegetative state gave birth, launching an investigation into sexual abuse at the facility, has resigned amid emerging reports of previous abuse cases. Bill Timmons resigned from Hacienda HealthCare just days after news broke that on Dec. 29, a 29-year-old Native American woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Staff allegedly had no idea that the patient, who had been in a vegetative state for 14 years after suffering a near-drowning, was pregnant. Staff reportedly discovered the woman was in labor when she ... Read More

Sex abuse investigation launched after nursing home patient gives birth

A young patient in a Phoenix, Arizona nursing home who has been in a persistent vegetative state for at least a decade gave birth to a baby on Dec. 29, launching an investigation by the Phoenix Police Department into possible sexual abuse. The woman had been a patient at Hacienda Healthcare since a near-drowning incident left her in a vegetative state several years ago. She needed around-the-clock care and was unable to communicate. Many people had access to her room throughout the day and night. Investigators from several agencies are keeping mum about the details, but according to staff accounts ... Read More

Nursing home employee fired after residents’ opioids go missing

A Grand Rapids nursing home employee nabbed more than 1,900 opioids intended for residents of the long-term care facility over a two-year period, leaving patients without pain medication, investigators with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Health Facility Complaints found. Even more disturbing, other staff members at Majestic Pines Senior Living were aware opioids had turned up missing but didn’t report it because they feared the employee or the nursing home’s management would retaliate against them. The employee was reportedly friends with management. According to the investigator’s report, the pill thefts occurred multiple times in 2017 and 2018 from ... Read More