FAMILIES OF NURSING HOME RESIDENTS SHOULD BE ON GUARD

The title to today’s post is not mine…it is the title of a letter to the editor of the Virginia News Leader in Staunton, Virginia. The letter starts out as follows:

In light of the recent allegations of a molestation of a 97-year-old woman at Living Waters Assisted Living in Fishersville, I feel compelled to write this letter. After the agonizing decision was made for my grandmother to go live in a nursing home/assisted living facility, Living Waters was chosen and much to our surprise she loved it. In 2007, we found out (not from Living Waters), a young man that had beat his grandmother to death with a baseball bat had been released from Western State. His new residence was at Living Waters in a room right beside my grandmother. Obviously this had to be some kind of mistake.

This letter comes fast on the heels of a report last week about a nurse’s aid taking nude photos of residents in a nursing home in Galax, Virginia.

My Question: Is the state of Virginia really looking after the health and safety of our elderly?

Dan Frith

Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.