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Nursing Home Penalized After Woman’s Suicide

A woman’s son is still filled with question about his elderly mother’s death at a nursing home and state officials found reason to penalize the facility for its care of her. The medical examiner’s office ruled the woman’s death a suicide after she fell through her third-floor window. The 89-year-old had entered the facility with a variety of ailments, ranging from heart problems and glaucoma to dementia and depression. The facility has now been downgraded to a provisional license because it did not do enough to prevent the woman’s death. State officials found that five days before the woman’s death, the victim attempted to exit the facility via the stairs in a wheelchair and had expressed a desire to jump out the window. However, there was no record that the staff made a responsible physician aware of the patient’s intent, or that it developed measures to protect the resident and to prevent injuries. Nursing homes must monitor all attempts at suicide in order to avoid nursing home negligence. To read more about the nursing home penalties, please click the link.