Why can’t nursing homes take good care of our family members? The corporations which own these facilities are making plenty of money. Is there a good reason why they cannot spend some of that money on patient care?
The latest sign of the times comes from West Virginia. The estate of woman who died from injuries sustained in a Dunbar nursing home has filed a lawsuit against Sunbridge Care and Rehab and the Sun Healthcare Group, Inc., seeking compensatory and punitive damages. According to the suit, the resident, Ferris McCarty, was admitted to Sunbridge Care and Rehab in January 2006, at the age of 79. Upon her admission, McCarthy suffered from dementia and could no longer handle her affairs. Her cognitive and physical skills were impaired.
The suit alleges McCarty suffered serious injuries as a result of multiple falls, weight loss, dehydration, malnutrition, constipation, a perforated bowel, and infections. The suit alleges that these injuries lead to her death on August 10, 2006, a mere 8 months after her admission. Sure these allegations have to be proven…but I bet they will be.
My open challenge…let’s hear from someone who will defend the nursing home’s care of Ferris McCarty!