Two of our attorneys, Steven Levin and Scott Richard, filed a lawsuit against ManorCare Health Services-Hinsdale today following the wrongful death of Dolores “Dee” Howorth. Dee died less than a month after moving into the Hinsdale nursing home and being admitted to the facility’s dementia unit. She suffered from Alzheimer’s but was alert and active-she remained a lively, integral part of her family. In fact, her son Hank Howorth and his wife Chrissie specifically chose the facility at ManorCare because they wanted their mother to be given what they assumed would be specialized care for her dementia.
Unfortunately, specialized care was the last thing Dee would receive at the facility. Within the first four days, ManorCare doctors prescribed Dee two medications: Ativan and Seroquel. On top of that, the facility immediately assigned Dee to a wheel-chair with a lap restraint.
It wasn’t long before the family noticed clear changes in their once lively family member. When Hank and Chrissie first visited, Dee seemed overmedicated, drowsy, and was constantly slumped in her wheelchair. Hank questioned nursing home staff about his mother’s state at the facility, but he was assured that her condition was only temporary.
Sadly, there was nothing temporary about it. Staff members at the facility failed to properly hydrate Dee, and failed to notice her clear change in condition. Dee lost 16 pounds in just over two weeks, and she showed clear signs of dehydration-dry skin, chalky mouth, and trouble swallowing. By mid-April, less than a month after arriving at the facility, Dee died at a local hospital from acute renal failure caused by dehydration.
Dee is survived by two grown sons, Hank and Thomas, and six grandchildren. “After my mother’s death, it was business as usual for the nursing home, but for our family it was devastating,” said Hank. “We need to hold ManorCare accountable because the nursing home robbed her of precious time with her children and grandchildren.”
Attorney Steve Levin explains the nexus of the lawsuit: “ManorCare had a duty to protect her well-being and dignity but neglected to monitor her condition or provide her with even the basic necessities, causing both Dee and her family to suffer needlessly.”
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