Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers: Facility Ignores Doctor’s Orders

Our nursing home neglect lawyers want to remind you that when you have a family member or loved one in a nursing home or long term care facility, it is incredibly important to make frequent and unannounced visits and to ask the nurses questions about your loved one’s care. With high turnover rates and a large number of residents, certain elements of proper care do slip through the cracks and mentioning to the nurses things that are unique to your loved one could end up being the difference between life and death. Dietary restrictions and allergies are things that you should mention multiple times.

Man Supposed to be on Restricted Pureed Diet Chokes to Death

nursing home neglect lawyers in NJ and PA After a state Health Department investigation, a Minnesota nursing home is being held responsible for the death of 82-year-old Keith H. Johnson. The nursing home served Johnson a tuna sandwich on December 13, 2010 which was in violation of his doctor’s orders to only eat pureed food because of his history of eating too fast and choking. The man, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, was then left unsupervised and began to choke on the sandwich. An employee noticed that he was trying to cough and then became unresponsive and was not breathing. There were two failed Heimlich maneuver attempts to restore his breathing before Johnson was taken to the hospital. He died six days later from lack of oxygen to his brain and cardiac arrest.

The state is saying that the facility failed to instruct their staff about Johnson’s dietary requirements and offered little or no supervision for him and the other residents who are at a high risk of choking. The state also claims that it is this negligence that caused Johnson’s death. One of the staff members that was involved in the incident told officials that she had seen Johnson eating sold foods in the pastso she thought the resident could eat regular consistency food.”

Rachel Tuenge, the facility’s director of nursing, said “We regret the tragic incident that occurred. We investigated the incident fully on the day it happened and made the necessary changes in our policies.” The home has improved their supervision of high choking risk residents while eating and has educated their staff on the procedures and acceptable foods for these residents.

Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility, pay attention to the quality of equipment and nursing staff. If you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate, one of our professional nursing home neglect lawyers can help. 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.

Elder Abuse Lawyers: Product Increases Safety for Dementia Patients

As elder abuse lawyers, we know having a parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia has a long list of day-to-day challenges. For those who have a parent that has tendencies to wander from the home there is also an added element of constant fear. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are nearly 6 million people with Alzheimer’s in this country and studies have shown that 60 percent of those who suffer from the disease will wander off and become lost. Sadly, about half of those who do get lost and are not found within 24 hours might die. Dr. Andrew Carle, director of the senior housing administration at George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services said, “They might be living in their home but they’re confused… They go for a walk and they can get lost for days.” The problem with Alzheimer’s suffers wandering off is “they don’t think they’re lost. They may actually hide. Paranoia is a manifestation of the disease. So search and rescue is hard to do,” says Carle.

GPS Shoe Will Alert Family of Wondering Alzheimer’s Sufferers

elder abuse lawyers in NJ and PA Carle has served as an advisor on a project by the GTX Corporation to develop location-tracking shoes with a GPS in the heel. They were developing the shoe for marathon runners and children when Carle “pointed out why this was an ideal technology for people with dementia who wander.” There has been GPS pocket devices, wristbands, and bracelets and pendants with names and contact numbers on the market but these were easily lost or removed. The wearer is much less likely to remove their shoes. The shoe’s technology will allow a family member to set a perimeter such as the house and yard that the wearer can move around freely, “But if he breaks the fence, Google maps pops up on my computer or my phone to show me where he is,” Carle explained. When it comes out on the market, the shoe is going to cost about $300 with a $30 to $40 monthly subscription fee.

Elder Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility, we encourage you to visit frequently and be very observant of any scratches, bruises, or anything that does not look right. If you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate and would like to speak to one of our elder abuse lawyers, 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.

Nursing Home Neglect Leads to Patient ‘Assault’

As nursing home neglect lawyers, we write a lot about abuse and neglect on the part of facilities and caregivers, but sometimes, other residents can pose a danger to your loved ones as well. Patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s have to be watched carefully because they can easily wander off or become very agitated. The facility needs to provide enough staff to ensure the safety of all of the patients in the dementia and Alzheimer’s unit from harming themselves or others.

Autopsy Reveals Assault Injuries Caused Death

new jersey philadelphia nursing home neglect lawyers mercedes iverson Maryhaven Nursing Rehabilitation CenterMercedes Iverson, 86, died on Thursday, July 14 at the NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston Hospital after an “assault” by another nursing home resident. Iverson had been a resident of the Maryhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Glenview, Illinois for fiver years after her daughter, Laurie Iverson, saw that she began showing signs of “advanced Alzheimer’s.” Preliminary reports said Iverson had fallen, but the autopsy revealed that “assault injuries” led to her death. The medical examiner’s office said that her death was caused by craniocerebral injuries from an assault and from heart disease, and ruled the death a homicide. No other details about the incident have been released from the facility or the authorities.

According to Brian Crawford, a spokesman for Resurrection Health Care, which runs Maryhaven:

“Within the past couple of weeks, an unfortunate incident occurred in a private room … Everyone is safe … While this is very sad and tragic, right now the best thing we can do is cooperate with the authorities.”

Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility and you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate, 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.

Nursing Home Abuse Arrests Made in Georgia Facility

In less than three months, three employees of Winterville Retirement Center in Georgia have been arrested. In his investigations, Sgt. Jimmy Fulcher, of the Winterville Police Department, has discovered nursing home abuse and neglect occur at a more alarming rate than he once thought.

Three Employees of Winterville Retirement Center Arrested in Three Months

nursing home abuse NJ PASherrye Dianne Huff, the former administrator of the home, was arrested in May on five felony charges- three counts of theft and two counts of exploiting an elderly or disabled person- and one misdemeanor charge of theft for stealing from an Alzheimer’s patient. Donna Tower, the elderly man’s niece, said that the man would tell his family that someone was stealing from him but everyone brushed it off because of his Alzheimer’s. They later found out that he was telling the truth and Huff was taking his checks.

Cynthia Ann Barrow, another Winterville Retirement Center employee, was arrested in February for punching an 82-year-old Alzheimer’s patient in the face for taking some butter off the food cart in the dining hall. She then told the police that she only pushed the woman who then slipped and fell. The resident struck her head on the food cart and the floor and was taken to the hospital. She died a few weeks later; officials are still investigating to see if her death was in any way related to the incident. If the Georgia Bureau of Investigation determines the attack caused the elderly woman’s death, Barrow could be charged with homicide.

Another employee stole drugs that were prescribed for a patient who had died and a fourth investigation has begun of possible theft from another Winterville resident. Sgt. Fulcher said:

“Most times when a patient reports something it’s hard to prove it because when they have Alzheimer’s, they will sometimes say something happened to them when it hasn’t happened…in this (assault) case I consider myself extremely lucky as far as getting cooperation.”

The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that for each documented case of neglect or abuse, five cases go unreported. Nursing home abuse is one of the most under-reported crimes because the abuse victims are often unable to speak out for themselves. It is very important for you to watch out for your elderly loved ones to make sure they are getting the treatment they deserve in the nursing home or long term care facility.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you have witnessed your loved one or any nursing home resident being abused, or you fear that the care they are receiving may be considered negligent or abusive, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. 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.

Nursing Home Abuse of Alzheimer’s Patient Leads to Arrest

We write about a lot of nursing home abuse cases where the facilities are the cause or enabler of the abuse. The administrators at Wesleyan Nursing Home in Georgetown, Texas, however, acted quickly and appropriately at the first sign of abuse with one of their certified nursing assistants.

Frustrated Nursing Assistant Pushes Patient

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers alzheimer patient arrestElla Jean Moorer is facing a charge of Injury to the elderly, disabled reckless bodily injury for an incident where she injured an 88-year-old patient who has severe Alzheimer’s. According to other staff members of the nursing home, Moorer was trying to change the patient’s clothes when he resisted… “She then became frustrated and grabbed the elderly man’s upper arm, pushed him towards the toilet, put him in a head lock and tried to force him to the toilet with her hand on his chest”. The man later complained of chest pains and had bruising on his upper arm. Moorer denied the incident to the nursing home administrators. She was put on administrative leave and later fired. According to facility administrator Timothy Stuteville:

“This was the first event of its kind with her, so we took it very seriously and we notified the agencies that we needed to notify… We take a lot of pride in the care that we provide for over 200 seniors. And so we won’t tolerate anything but the best for them.”

Caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia is not easy, especially because they can often be combative toward caretakers. Since it can at times be frustrating, it is very important for these workers to be knowledgeable of the diseases and very patient. It is good to see a nursing home take the appropriate action at the first sign of abuse with their employees. There are too many facilities that look the other way when it comes to elder abuse and do not report the incidents to the authorities. Moorer was arrested in Williamson County and her bond was set at $7,500.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility and you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate, 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.

Nursing Home Neglect Very Dangerous to Alzheimer Patients

Nursing home neglect is very serious problems in this country and affect one of the nation’s most vulnerable populations. Within that already vulnerable population are those that are particularly vulnerable. These are the millions of people that suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

nj and pa nursing home neglect attorneysAlzheimer’s is a progressive neurological disorder that eventually leads to dementia. This dementia causes a significant loss of mental capabilities, which in turn causes memory loss that can interfere with social functioning. In 2000, 4.5 million people in the U.S. were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Of those diagnosed, 7% were between the ages of 65-74, 53% between the ages of 75 and 84, and 40% were 85 or older. Because of the severity of the effects of Alzheimer’s, many sufferers are forced to enter nursing homes to receive the necessary care, so it’s safe to say that a huge portion of residents in nursing homes are Alzheimer’s patients. It is expected that the rate of the disease will grow three-fold by the year 2050, with 13.2 million people being diagnosed.

Because the disease has such a profound affect on mental abilities, those suffering with Alzheimer’s need very specialized and careful care. People with this disease may not remember to eat or drink, or to move around enough to avoid becoming bed or wheelchair ridden. They may be on a number of medications, and end up over or under medicated. These are all issues that, if not properly regulated, can lead to dangerous results. Failure on the part of a nursing home to properly care for these very ill patients can be seen as nursing home neglect. Bedsores become a very real threat when bed ridden patients without the mental properties to care for themselves are not cared for by an attentive and dedicated staff. Bedsores are painful and potentially fatal, and can diminish the quality of life these patients have left.

Will the Rise in Alzheimer’s Lead to More Cases of Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse?

What will the rise of Alzheimer’s Disease diagnoses and the subsequent rise in nursing home patients mean for our loved ones? It is likely that, unless we are all very vigilant, the rise of patients in nursing homes will be accompanied by a rise in nursing home abuse and neglect. Bed sores and pressure ulcers, accidents, malnutrition, and other signs of neglect may become more prevalent. Nursing home neglect attorneys advocate for the proper care of nursing home patients, as should you. Protect your loved ones by visiting often and keeping a close eye on the the care they receive.

Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you believe your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, please contact the NJ and PA nursing home neglect attorneys at the Mininno Law Offices. We are dedicated to eradicating the current trends of abuse and neglect found in the nursing homes across the country.

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, and (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.