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Nursing Home Receives Fine after Wrongful Death

A 78-year-old woman died last year because a nursing home failed to properly monitor her medication and failed to check her into an emergency room fast enough when her brain started bleeding. The Department of Health was fined $100,000 after an investigation revealed that the nursing home ignored the worsening condition of a patient admitted a year ago with a hip fracture, heart problem osteoporosis, hypertension and osteoarthritis. It was determined that the caregivers “failed to ensure that the resident’s medications were monitored and failed to fully assess the resident or promptly notify the physician when there was a change in the resident’s condition, which resulted in the resident’s death“. The fine was the maximum penalty the agency could have received after the nursing home negligence. The state believed that their nursing home negligence allowed the nursing home to miss the warning signs that could have saved the woman’s life. To read more about the nursing home abuse, please click the link.