Department of Public Health Puts Veterans Nursing Home on Probation


nursing home abuseA few deaths due to falls at a nursing home for veterans prompted the state Department of Public Health to inspect. Although these events did not occur in North Carolina, we hope they help provide an example of the types of nursing home abuse cases that arise. The events described below happened in another southern state, Alabama. 

The DPH found staff ignored protocol after the falls. The victims who died included two men. One man died in his bed less than 12 hours following the fall, the other man died while being transported to a hospital. Also, a resident in a wheelchair was found along a four-lane highway, approximately 1,200 feet from the nursing home. The resident had dementia and had successfully left the nursing home twice that day.

The director resigned and the facility’s license was given a one-year, probationary status. Since it opened in 1995, the home has been plagued by problems. Just a year after opening, the facility was cited for alleged patient neglect and abuse. In 1997, the district attorney and the sherriff's department brought a criminal investigation before a grand jury, which ended up dismissing charges. The county commissioner revealed the nursing home was deliquent on bills that year. 

By 1998 a legal task force was appointed by the governor to investigate. A few other nursing homes were operated on the same management company. The team found substandard care in all three facilities and said each was understaffed. A year later, DPH threatened license revocation after it discovered resident pressure sores, medication errors and failure to control aggressive and sexually inappropriate behavior among residents. In 2004, state legislators at a hearing fielded complaints, ranging from inadequate staffing to soiled towels.

Nursing home residents can face a number of issues when under negligent care. Our nursing home abuse attorneys in Raleigh help residents and their family members pursue claims against nursing homes and assisted living facilities that cause harm. Let us know how we can help. Our attorneys provide complimentary case evaluations and only collected money if we win compensation for our clients.