With this week being National Nursing Home Week, many throughout Alabama, and the rest of the U.S., are celebrating nursing care facilities, their employees and their residents. While it is important to recognize the excellent care and support that most nursing homes provide, it is also important to raise awareness about the problem of nursing home neglect. Unfortunately, there are situations when those who are charged with caring for an incapacitated or elderly person may not provide a reasonable standard of care. In these cases, it can result in personal injury, permanent disability or death.
Two separate families have reportedly filed lawsuits against Lexington Place Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing care facility in Houston, Texas, alleging neglect. The family of a woman who choked to death at the facility argued that the 80-year-old’s death was the result of her not being fed properly. The woman had been admitted to Lexington Place to rehabilitate her fractured arm. In the other lawsuit, the family of a man who also died at the facility suggested that the facility employed unqualified nursing home staff and provided substandard care.
In addition to the lawsuits, Lexington Place has also been investigated by the state. According to reports, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services conducted a four-day probe of the facility and found that there were numerous deficiencies, as well as violations of rules and laws. After a recent incident in which one patient allegedly killed two others at the facility, the scrutiny is likely to continue. It remains unknown to the public whether the families of these patients will also sue the facility.
Anyone who suspects a loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect may consider consulting with an attorney to discuss reporting the facility and taking legal action.
Source: Houston Chronicle, “Nursing home where two slain subject of state concern,” Cindy George, May 2, 2014