PennLive reported the $250,000 verdict after the jury found a nursing home was at fault for the death of an 85-year-old resident.  The family of Bruce Dove had filed suit against the United Church of Christ’s Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home in Carlisle.

Dove had five children, now adults, some of whom were there throughout the trial, and it was the circumstances of his February 2014 death at the nursing home that spawned the lawsuit, filed in 2015.  According to the complaint and testimony at trial, the incident occurred like this:

On Feb. 5, 2014, Dove was in his wheelchair, waiting, near the entryway to the dining room, for dinner to be served. A supervising registered nurse asked another registered nurse to push him into the room.  But the second nurse pushed his wheelchair fast and recklessly down the hall toward the dining room without giving Dove warning or attaching footrests – a violation of safety standards. This motion flung Dove from his wheelchair. He hit his head on the floor and broke his neck.  The nurses rolled him over — failing to immobilize him — placed him back in his wheelchair and then moved him into his bed.

Dove suffered cervical spine fractures of the C1 and C2 and an odontoid fracture with displacement, as well as neurological damage. He died the following day.

“It was very important to my clients that the truth come out,” attorney Michael Kelley said. “They had been told early on that he just fell out of his wheelchair. They never believed that.”  The two nurses involved had been fired after the incident, which Kelley said was among the strongest pieces of evidence against the home.

AL.com reported the tragic and preventable neglect of a nursing home resident at Cherokee Health and Rehab nursing home.  Three employees,  Sandra Michele Curry, Kacey Minerva Allen, and Shawna Rogers, have been convicted in the neglect of the resident. All three pleaded guilty in Cherokee County Circuit Court to one count of attempted elder abuse, a class C felony.

The trio – former employees of Cherokee Health and Rehab nursing home – was indicted earlier this year after an elderly resident was found to be suffering from about 100 ant bites.  Authorities say the three charted that they had entered the room numerous times throughout the night to check on the resident. However, a review of the surveillance video showed none of the three entered the room for approximately 11 hours.

“Alabama law recognizes that the care of those who are vulnerable is a serious responsibility, and those who are entrusted with this charge have a legal obligation to properly fulfill their duties,” Marshall said in a prepared statement. “These defendants not only failed to provide adequate care, but they were shown to have lied about their negligence that resulted in harm and injury to a nursing home patient.”

 

 St. louis Today reported another nursing home employee arrested for sexually abusing three residents.  Tony T. Bailey was charged with misdemeanor counts of assault, illegal deviate sexual intercourse with a resident of a skilled nursing facility and sexual conduct with a nursing facility resident.  The crimes took place between Dec. 8, 2016, and Jan. 20 of last year, charges say.

 A a 71-year-old resident of the Crestwood Health Care Center, reported that Bailey grabbed her bare buttocks as she came out of the shower. The woman described the contact as “surprising and shocking and unwanted,” charges say.  Two other female residents, both in their late 20s, had performed sex acts on Bailey while he was on the job, court records say.

Crestwood’s parent company is Maryland Heights-based Reliant Care Management, which says on its website that it operates about two dozen nursing homes across Missouri.  This past summer, Reliant’s holding company agreed to pay $8.3 million to settle claims that the company and affiliates provided unnecessary physical, speech and occupational therapy to nursing home residents and billed Medicare. The company also has agreed to a five-year “Corporate Integrity Agreement” with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

It mission statement says its facilities are “dedicated to providing quality care in a caring and dignified manner” to those 18 and older who are frail, elderly and mentally ill: “Our goal is to provide unparalleled care using a team like approach through empowering employees while at the same time meeting the needs of the respective communities, physicians, hospitals and other health care providers.”