On May 14, 2015, a 72-year-old resident of an Indiana nursing home was found unresponsive in the nursing home dining room and later died at a local hospital. The mentally ill resident was found to have latex gloves shoved down his throat and eyeglasses and a toothbrush jammed up his rectum. The death was reportedly ruled an accidental death but local authorities are investigating the unusual circumstances of his death.
One of the matters being investigated is whether the man, who suffered from polyembolokoilamania (the insertion of foreign objects into one or more bodily orifices), was properly supervised at the nursing home.
The resident evidently stuffed two pairs of latex gloves down his own throat that caused him to choke to death. The nursing home resident also had cardiac problems and suffered from dementia and bipolar disorder. However, there was no evidence that he had been suicidal, which was ruled out as a cause of his death.
Many injury claims against nursing homes involve allegations that the resident who was injured or died was not properly supervised and that the lack of proper supervision led to the resident’s injuries or death.
When the families of new nursing home residents meet with nursing home admission personnel, the nursing home staff will often boast about the high level of care and supervision that their loved ones will receive in the nursing home. Family members are relieved to learn that their loved ones will be well-cared-for, and they reasonably rely on such representations of proper care and supervision when making their decisions regarding which nursing home will become the new home for the vulnerable adults.
Because family members cannot spend all of their time visiting with their loved ones who reside in nursing homes, to make sure that proper and timely care and supervision are provided, they more-often-than-not feel guilty and blame themselves when their family members are harmed while living in a nursing home (“I should never have placed [grandma, grandpa, mom, or dad] in that nursing home”; “I should have been aware that they were not receiving proper care in the nursing home”; “I should have visited more often [even though I have a spouse and children to take care of, and/or I need to work to support my family]”).
When nursing home residents suffer harm due to inadequate care and improper supervision, their families are also victims – they suffer emotional trauma from seeing their loved ones injured, in unnecessary pain, and experiencing unexpected deterioration in their physical and/or mental condition.
If you or a loved one suffered injury or death due to nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, and/or nursing home negligence in the United States, you should promptly find a nursing home claim lawyer in your U.S. state who may investigate your nursing home claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a nursing home case, if appropriate.
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