A California Skilled Nursing facility has been sued for “willfully neglecting” an elderly dementia patient who was left to die in her own filth and feces by overworked staff.
Willful Elder Abuse includes Severe Neglect
The facility was severely understaffed by poorly-trained workers leading to dirty conditions and a lack of care. The abused elder had vascular dementia and required one-to-one care.
Within a week of arriving at the facility the elder developed blisters on her feet and bed sores, pressure sores, and decubitus ulcers sores on her back.
The family continually raised concerns the elder wasn’t being washed and even found her sat in a cold room with no dentures or glasses, and her face and hands covered in feces. The nursing staff at the facility indicated the elder frequently fell out of bed.
The elder was transferred to an acute care hospital 20 days after being admitted to the skilled nursing facility, dehydrated, malnourished, and covered in infected bedsores and bruises, where she died.
This is a situation where the skilled nursing facility allowed too many residents to be cared for by too few staff who were poorly trained. As a result thereof,the residents of this facility were not getting the proper care that they are entitled to according to the Law says California Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney Steven Peck.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.