Four residents of Villa Capri assisted living center have sued the facility and alleged that on October 9, 2017, they were abandoned by the facility's staff when a firestorm forced an evacuation. The suit alleges that the residents, along with "other residents in wheelchairs, and other residents with dementia who were physically and cognitively incapable of escaping a burning building without assistance," were left stranded. The suit names Oakmont Senior Living and Oakmont Management Group as the defendants.
The family of Bessie Shealey, a 73-year-old woman who died last year is suing a nursing home in Deep Creek, alleging the staff there didn't properly monitor and care for a bedsore, leading to her death.
Mary McCaughan, 83-years-old, has filed suit in Travis County alleging negligence by Regency HIS of Windsor Duval, LLC and Regency Integrated Health Services, LLC. The suit details that Carlos Alberto Santa Cruz, a certified nurse aide at Windsor Nursing and Rehabilitation Services of Duval, posted videos that show someone smearing feces on her body and face. The lawsuit claims Santa Cruz allegedly photographed Ms. McCaughan's naked body and posted a video on Snapchat showing someone smearing feces on her. According to her son, Ms. McCaughan has advanced Alzheimer's disease and has great difficulty with talking, moving, and cognition.
Continuity of care is essential to providing quality health care for patients. Unfortunately for many loved ones in Texas, our state is ranked near the bottom in ensuring stability of health services in nursing homes. According to the AARP, the national median for nursing home staff turnover is 38.1 percent; by contrast, Texas has a dismal annual average of 72 percent. Particularly, low turnover rates are important for nursing home residents who, more than most, need a staff that builds relationships with its patients. In doing so, patients and professionals develop more fulfilling bonds that lead to better overall quality of care, giving patients the feeling of community, and the warmth of home versus constant change and the thought of being alone.
According to a report released by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, roughly one-third of nursing home patients released from hospitals were harmed by their caregivers. National Public Radio further reports that most of the harms result from neglect and errors in judgment.