A visitor of a nursing home posted a photo on Facebook of an elderly woman alleging that she had been sitting in her own vomit for hours. The person who posted the photo stated that when he arrived to visit his uncle around 7:30 p.m., he noticed the woman sitting in her wheelchair in the hallway, asking for help. Around 9:30 p.m., the man alleges that the elderly woman was in the exact same place, still sitting in her own vomit. The man also stated he asked if someone would assist her and was told by nursing home employees they would do so "when they have time." Following the exchange with nursing home staff, he took a photo of the elderly woman and posted it to Facebook.
According to the autopsy, 93-year-old Rebecca Zeni died of "septicemia due to crusted scabies" while a resident Shepherd Hills Nursing Home, which is operated by Pruitt Health. The family has filed suit. State health officials were notified about the scabies outbreak at the facility, but it was never inspected.
A woman was literally eaten alive by parasitic mites while the staff at her nursing home looked on. In 2015, forensic pathologists found 93-year-old Rebecca Zeni had died from "septicemia due to crusted scabies" after millions of parasitic mites, known as scabies, essentially ate Zeni alive over several months or possibly years while the nursing home did nothing to stop it. The forensic pathologist described her death as "one of the most horrendous things [he's] ever seen in [his] career" and believes she died a most painful death.
A Georgia-based non-profit and associated companies have agreed to pay $1.25M for claims that they provided effectively worthless services to residents in a Mississippi nursing home. The lawsuit was filed against nursing care conglomerate owners, Julie and Douglas Mittleider, and their companies for rendering prison-like conditions to elderly residents. A string of former complaints, and even a state-wide ban in Massachusetts, precedes the Mittleiders' reputation for providing substandard care that has left residents severely injured and dead.
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.
A lawsuit was recently filed in a Texas court alleging a nursing home failed to provide appropriate health care for three different residents. The families of the three victims sued Parklane West Healthcare Center for negligence in the management and staffing of the facility, as well as negligence for the care of the patients - often called residents. Many of the complaints, injuries and deaths often are as a result of a culture of lack of caring, which is almost always caused by the nursing home owner's attitude of putting profits over proper care.