When the daughter of a 74-year-old Iowa nursing home resident visited her mother early last month after receiving a telephone call from the nursing home the night before that her mother was restless, screaming, and they did not know what to do, she immediately heard her mother screaming from her room that was located at the end of a hallway as she entered the facility.
When she quickly arrived at the doorway to her mother’s room, she saw her mother naked and on her hands and knees on two-inch thick mats covering the entire floor of her mother’s room – the bed, mattress, and all of the furniture had been removed from the room. Her mother had diarrhea running down the back of her legs and she was screaming “I am not a dog,” according to the Iowa nursing home negligence lawsuit filed late last month.
The resident was transferred to the hospital where she was found to be dehydrated and suffering from malnutrition. She died late last month.
A member of the resident’s church had visited with the resident three days before her daughter found her screaming in her room. At that time, the bed frame had been removed from the resident’s room and the visitor found her rocking back and forth and from side to side. The staff of the nursing home explained to the visitor that the bed frame was removed and the mattress placed on the floor to prevent the resident from injuring herself by falling.
According to the Iowa nursing home malpractice lawsuit that seeks both compensatory and punitive damages for gross negligence, recklessness, and deliberate indifference by the nursing home, the resident had suffered prior injuries while at the nursing home: in December 2013, the resident’s daughter found her mother screaming on the floor of her room, with a pool of blood around her head. The nursing home staff allegedly acknowledged that they had heard her mother’s alarm sounding but they were too busy with other residents to check on her mother. At the hospital, the resident was found to have a urinary tract infection, a broken nose, and cuts on her head.
In July 2013, the resident had fallen at the nursing home and sustained a head injury. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection.
The Iowa Nursing Home’s Recent History
The Iowa nursing home was cited in May 2014 for using expired medications, failing to have sufficient hot water for washing residents, failing to adequately clean incontinent residents, failing to adequately treat residents’ bed sores, giving anti-psychotic medications to a resident who did not have a diagnosis in support of use of such medications; and, failing to serve food to its residents under sanitary conditions.
In May 2014, the nursing home agreed to pay $102,500 to a former employee who had been fired after complaining about poor care at the nursing home.
In January 2014, the nursing home was cited for failing to assess and care for a resident who had low blood sugar during a planned four-day stay at the nursing home.
In October 2013, the nursing home was fined $3,000 for its failure to protect a resident from another resident who was known to exhibit physical aggression: the resident died from a head injury 20 days after he fell from his wheelchair as the physically aggressive resident was attempting to pin another resident against the wall.
In February 2013, the nursing home was cited after inspectors observed a resident who used oxygen seated in a recliner hooked to an oxygen concentrator that had not been turned on. The nursing home was also cited at that time for failing to adequately clean incontinent residents, failing to ensure residents were free from restraints, and failing to advise residents regarding their right to appeal the denial of Medicare funding for services.
If you or a loved one were a resident of a nursing home in Iowa or in another U.S. state and suffered serious injuries or other harms, you should promptly consult with an Iowa nursing home negligence attorney or a nursing home negligence attorney in your state who may investigate your nursing home negligence, nursing home abuse, or nursing home neglect claim for you and represent you in a nursing home claim, if appropriate.
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