A lot of time and effort goes into choosing the right nursing home for your loved one. Location, cost, equipment, and staff are all important factors when considering what facility will become responsible for the life and care of your elderly loved one. But one thing we encourage as nursing home abuse attorneys is to trust your gut when choosing a facility. In most cases, as always, if something feels wrong , it probably is.
Family Notices Signs of Abuse Quickly and Takes Action
Moraa’s Assisted Living, a nursing home in Collegedale, Tennessee, is shutting down after of a number of resident abuse cases have been reported.
The home was run by David and Agnes Machoka and their only employee, Margaret “Maggie” Adhiambo. Haley McDonald and Heidi McFarland found the home for 96 year-old Gertrude after doing research online. But, when they went to visit Gertrude after she had made her new home there, McDonald said something was “off.” “Mother complained to me quite a bit about what was going on at night when they were put to bed,” said McFarland. The women witnessed Adhiambo abusing Gertrude’s roommate, “I saw her, Maggie, throw the patient on the bed and push her down with her shoulders,” McDonald said. This was enough for the women to want their grandmother out of the home after a week, “I wanted her out of there. I said I don’t want to leave her there. I’ll go up there and pick her up myself, she’s not staying there and getting abused,” McDonald said. They removed Gertrude, took her to the hospital and notified the police. At the hospital the elderly woman was dehydrated and showed signs of abuse, “She had bruises on her,” McDonald says. “There were finger prints by her knees.” The police then found that the home was in violation of fire code and had neglected to correct numerous previous violations.
Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If you or your loved one have suffered nursing home abuse, negligence, and inadequacy it’s time to contact nursing home abuse attorneys. The team at Messa & Associates is dedicated to earning justice and compensation for those injured by negligence and abuse in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Call, toll-free, 1-800-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry. If you would like immediate assistance, click the CHAT LIVE icon to the right. A representative is present right now to answer your questions.