The decision to put your loved one into a nursing home or long-term care facility can be a heartbreaking time. Choosing the right facility, worrying about the quality of care, and making the financial commitments can be very overwhelming. It is important to do your research with every nursing home that you consider. Look into past accusations of nursing home abuse, research the experience of the medical staff, compare facility conditions and make sure to carefully read every document before you sign.
Trinity Mission Does Not Live Up to Expectations
Cindy Farese, a Mississippi woman, was very upset when her mother’s doctor told the family that she needed to be put into a nursing home. They had promised her mother, Virginia Valentine, that she would never be put into a care facility. As hard a decision as it was, Farese and her family chose Trinity Mission Health & Rehab in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
They immediately started to notice a change in their mother; she was always a vibrant, happy 79 year old. Once she entered the nursing home, she started to lose weight, stopped eating, and was no longer herself. The family knew something was wrong and insisted that the facility take her to the hospital. They were appalled with what the doctors at the hospital found. “She had blisters from front to back where she had not been changed,” Farese said.
The hospital also diagnosed Virginia with Clostridium Difficile, or “C-Diff.” The nursing home had been giving Virginia very strong antibiotics to prevent infection, however, when overexposed to antibiotics, bacterias become resistance to their effect. The antibiotics that Trinity Mission gave to Virginia became ineffective, allowing C-Diff to form. If the nursing home had been doing their job and not neglecting Virginia, the strong antibiotics would have not been necessary and the c-diff would not have developed. C-Diff eventually killed Virginia Valentine.
Mississippi Family Urges You to Read All Admission Documents
Cindy Farese wanted to sue Trinity Mission Health & Rehab for killing Virginia, but when her mother was admitted, she signed an ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution Agreement. She unknowingly signed away her right to a jury trial. Luckily, Cindy’s husband, John Booth Farese, is an attorney and was able to find a legal loophole in the document. He deposed nine employees and got the nurses to admit on the record that they knew Virginia’s condition was worsening and recorded it on her medical chart but never informed the doctor.
As nursing home abuse lawyers, we strongly recommend carefully reading over every document a nursing home gives you to sign. If you have any questions about these documents, we urge that you have an attorney look them over before signing. If you are not careful, you may be giving up your right to go to court, despite the wrongfulness of a facilities actions.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Lawyers in NJ and PA
If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or long term care facility, or you are considering placing them into one, pay close attention to the facility and every document you are asked to sign. If you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent or abusive, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.