An 84-year-old former resident of a Virginia nursing home, and her daughter, have filed a Virginia nursing home abuse lawsuit in which they allege that two nurses at the defendant nursing home tied the resident to her wheelchair with bed sheets and then injected her with narcotic sedatives to keep her quiet. They further allege that the nursing home staff refused to untie her from her wheelchair and clean her after she defecated and urinated on herself while bound to her wheelchair.
The elderly woman was admitted to the Virginia nursing home in September 2015, suffering from cognitive impairment. She required assistance for her activities of daily living, including dressing, eating, and bathing. According to the Virginia nursing home abuse lawsuit, two nurses at the nursing home tied the resident to her wheelchair on May 12, 2015 and then injected her with a sedative. It was not until the next morning that another nurse found the resident in her room, still tied to her wheelchair with bed sheets. That nurse allegedly requested permission from her supervisor to untie the woman and clean her from her bowel movement and urine but the supervising nurse, who was allegedly one of the two nurses who bound the woman, allegedly told her to leave the woman sitting in her own excrement.
Several days after the incident, the resident’s daughter alleges that she received an anonymous telephone call advising her of the incident. The daughter alleges that she approached the nursing home’s director of nursing, who told her that the incident had been investigated internally and a determination was made that the incident had not occurred. The nursing home’s administrator told the daughter that an investigation was ongoing and that he would not tell her anything about the investigation until it was completed, according to the nursing home abuse lawsuit.
The local police were not contacted about the incident but a state investigation by the Virginia Department of Health into the incident and another alleged incident involving a resident being restrained at the defendant nursing home during the same time period resulted in the nursing home drafting a plan of correction, according to the plaintiffs. The nursing home fired two nurses who had reported the incident and attempted to cover up the incident in order to avoid negative publicity, according to the nursing home abuse lawsuit.
The plaintiffs’ nursing home abuse lawsuit alleges assault, battery, false imprisonment, nursing home negligence, and other causes of action.
The defendant nursing home contends that two nurses were fired due to illegally posting about the incident on social media, that it thoroughly investigated the incident and determined that the allegations of abuse were false and were motivated by an attempt to cause trouble for a supervisor, and stated, “We recognize the state was mandated to cite the facility. Although the facility disagrees with this false allegation, we are taking this as an opportunity to educate staff, as resident safety and well-being is our primary concern.”
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