A West Virginia nursing home may soon be changing hands. Heartland of Charleston is in the process of being sold from HCR Manorcare to Stonerise Healthcare, backed by Chesterfield Company LLC. Stonerise is privately owned and controls four nursing and rehabilitation centers in West Virginia already.

The sale of the home comes at the end of a lengthy legal battle, wherein a wrongful death suit for Dorothy Douglas resulted in a $90 million ruling against the home. Another suit for Carolyn J. Geouge has been settled under confidential terms. Douglas died of dehydration complications as a result of the home’s negligence, and Geouge’s family accused the home of failure to prevent pressure sores and infections, and failure to assess changes in her physical and mental status. $80 million of the ruling comes from punitive damages, or damages designed to change the home’s behavior.
See articles at West Virginia Record and The State Journal.

Norman Spence Daniels has been charged with first degree sexual abuse. The incident involves Daniels and another resident at the Elba Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where he lives. The nursing home and the incident are being investigated by the Elba Police Dept., 12th Judicial Court District Attorney’s Office, and the Alabama Dept. of Forensic Sciences. Further charges could be pending.  See article at the Elba Clipper.

In Wisconsin, Delores Wiersum, 85, died in January after wandering outside in her pajamas. Delores’ family is suing the assisted living facility for negligence. Delores was found on Jan. 17 lying in her blood on a sidewalk. She had been wandering in 15 degree weather for four hours, and had fallen—five times—and had multiple broken bones. She died en route to the hospital.

See article at Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel