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Lawsuit asserts nursing home neglect led to patient's death

When New Yorkers read about nursing home abuse, they often find stories of patients who suffer from malnutrition, were assaulted by staff, given the wrong medication or suffered injuries at the hands of those paid to care for them. However, when it comes to neglect, there are other things that should be kept in mind as the responsibility of a care facility. The staff also needs to make sure that unauthorized persons are prevented from entering the building; patients are monitored for their own protection; and staff members are properly trained in how to respond to a variety of possible situations.

The family of an elderly woman who died has accused a care center of nursing home neglect and carelessness. The woman, who was a resident at the center, was the alleged victim of a sexual assault which is still being investigated by local law enforcement. No information was released on the details relating to the assault other than that the victim was attacked in her room, but the family has filed a

The lawsuit claims that neither the family or law enforcement was contacted when the assault occurred. The family is asking the nursing home to pay more than $15,000 for their failure to protect the woman from being victimized.

When a care facility is being evaluated as a possible residence for a person, family members should take time to understand the security measures in place for the safety of occupants. In addition, they also want to make sure that the facility does not have unsanitary conditions, is fully staffed and continue to monitor the center after the person has been placed there. If family members suspect physical abuse or other neglect, they may want to consult with an attorney.

Source: WTNH-TV, "Lawsuit filed against nursing home for an alleged sexual assault," Jamie Muro, Feb. 6, 2013

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