A daugher is raising concerns following the tragic death of her mother, a resident of a Michigan nursing home. According to a report for WOOD TV, the nursing home death combing with the daughter’s complaints are prompting an investigation to determine exactly what happened in the case and if nursing home neglect was involved.
The 80-year old resident reportedly had a range of medical issue, but a “zest for life.” In fact, she had made her wishes known (presumably via a living will) that she wanted everything possible done to keep her alive in the event of a medical emergency. Of course each Illinois nursing home neglect lawyer at our firm knows that it is essential that nursing home staff members and medical professionals respect those wishes.
However, that might not have happened in this case.
The daughter was shocked when she learned of her mother’s passing. As with many adult children in similar situations, she admits feeling guilty because she placed her trust in a nursing home that she thought would take proper care of her loved one.
The daughter explains that the nursing home told her that her mother “took a nap in her room on May 6 and never woke up.” But that story just did not seem right the resident’s daughter. When she pressed for more information her suspicions were aroused even more because the staff members kept her on hold on the phone for an extended period of time and told her that she needed to communicate with the facility’s lawyer.
Fortunately, the woman did not let the issue go and kept pressing for more answers. This prompted an investigation which found that a strange series of events on the day that the senior died.
The investigation revealed that the resident showed signs of medical distress early on the day of her passing–around 10 am. The woman’s doctor was not called but nurses ordered some procedures. However, by 3:45 pm that afternoon the resident was found dead in her room. Amazingly, during this time the facility did not perform CPR, call an ambulance, or even call the police. All of this despite the fact that the woman had written instructions to do everything possible to try to keep her alive.
The daughter explained that she does not plan on letting the matter go, because of her belief that these facilities must be held accountable when they do not respect resident wishes. She noted, “It’s not just about my mother. Because there’s [sic] people like her that have a face that are in jeopardy when rules and regulations aren’t followed.” Each Chicago nursing home neglect lawyer at our firm shares that commitment to ensuring accountability in these cases as a way to improve overall nursing care.
The article on the case notes that the particular facility at issue was placed on the federal watch list as a “Special Focus Facility.” Homes on this list are deemed particularly risky for residents because of their poor track record on quality of care measures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. There are several Illinois homes on the SFF list which have a similar history of “serious issues.”
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