A recent report highlighted an investigation into a state-run veteran’s nursing home that has been cited multiple times in 2013 for deficiencies, one of which led to the death of one of the residents. New leadership and regular review are expected to improve conditions at the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City, Nevada.
Herald M. McBride was appointed administrator on September 15 and Poppy Helgren was named the new director of nursing services on August 4. Former administration Frank Bellinger took another job voluntarily, according to reports.
In December 2013, an investigative report revealed many problems experienced by residents. Subsequent state investigations showed that these problems were indeed real and may have led to the death of Robert Robinson, a former optometrist and Nevada legislator. Robinson died of sepsis, cellulitis, burns and heat exposure.
While Robinson’s death is generally agreed to have sparked the investigation into the state’s handling of veterans’ homes, authorities deny that it was the cause of the inquiry.
At least two-thirds of residents were found to have been given medication incorrectly, and the investigative panel is focusing on resident safety. Response to call times, shower frequency, food quality and heat exposure are all items that are being monitored to determine whether further changes should be made.
Robinson’s family has filed a federal lawsuit in regard to his death. Robinson was allegedly left outside for many hours, suffering ultimately from a deadly heatstroke and sunburn.
Nursing Home Abuse: A Shameful Reality
While most people believe that their relatives will be well cared for in nursing homes, the reality may be quite different. Nursing home staff can and do abuse patients with frightening frequency. It is estimated that as many as one-third of all nursing home residents have suffered emotional, mental or physical abuse or neglect. Withholding medication and failure to attend to daily needs are the most common forms of abuse, but there are also cases of physical abuse such as slapping or hitting and even rape or sexual assault.
If you believe your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, do not wait. Contact the attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas immediately. We have handled many of these cases and we understand how to investigate, gather evidence and protect your loved one while doing so. Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn more about collecting damages for your loved one.