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Nursing home employee charged after patient goes missing


Posted by Brendan Faulkner of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 10, 2013 in Nursing Home Neglect

There are many difficult to decisions that Connecticut families need to make when it comes to whether or not they should place an elderly loved one in a nursing home facility. Is the move necessary? Is it in the best interest of a loved one? Which facility would be best suited to provide care? These are likely decisions that are not made lightly.

In any of these choices, families generally focus most on finding a facility that will be able to monitor and care for a loved one in a respectable and effective manner. Sadly, there are too many times when this does not happen and an elderly person becomes the victim of nursing home neglect.

Recently, for example, an employee reportedly failed to properly monitor a 74-year-old patient who suffers from dementia and then tried to cover up her mistake. The elderly man had wandered away from the facility one evening. It wasn't until the next day when the 43-year-old nursing home director realized that he was gone. Instead of calling 911 and getting help right away, she allegedly altered medical reports to make it appear as though he had left the facility against the advice of medical staff.

Patients who suffer from dementia often get very confused and lost easily. This is why nursing home facilities are supposed to monitor them very closely. If they still end up wandering away from the facility, authorities should be notified immediately, as many patients also suffer from other physical and mental conditions that make them very vulnerable to conditions outside of the facility.

Sources report that the man in this case has not yet been found. The nursing home director is facing charges related to the incident. 

Placing someone in a care facility can be very difficult for family members. Often times they must do so because they cannot provide the level of care that a person requires. This can be especially true when a loved one suffers from dementia or serious memory loss. We should be able to expect that they will be cared for and have their needs met by qualified medical staff. If this does not happen, the consequences can be devastating. 

Source: MyFoxNY, "Nursing home director accused of covering up missing patient," Glenn Wilburn, June 8, 2013