Nationwide, there are problems with nursing home staff failing to promptly respond to their patient’s call bells. Yet again, we see this issue. Here, the nursing home staff’s failure to respond had fatal results.
An eighty-two year old woman died the night before she was to check out of the Brighton Gardens of Rancho Mirage nursing home to move in with her daughter and her family. She had only been at the nursing home for seven days.
That night, the woman had difficulty breathing and rang the call bell, but it took nursing home staff members ten minutes to show up. After she collapsed and stopped breathing, the nursing home staff did not perform CPR on her. Rather, they ignored her, throwing her back in bed.
The California Department of Health cited the nursing home for neglect and issued a $10,000 fine. The victim’s family has filed a complaint, charging the nursing home with neglect.