July 12, 2011
Verdugo Valley Skilled Nursing and Wellness Centre of Montrose, California has been indicted for felony abuse and neglect. The nursing home’s former administrator is also charged.
The nursing home abuse occurred when the facility took in a mentally ill and suicidal 34-year-old man without proper training and staff to take care of him. The man was hospitalized twice after two suicide attempts but was returned to the nursing home both times.
The man eventually did commit suicide by firing a fire extinguisher into his mouth, which he had done once before at the nursing home.
The nursing home is currently open but will lose its license if it is convicted of felony abuse and neglect. A trial is scheduled for September 6.
Although the elderly most often suffer abuse and neglect in nursing homes, younger persons are still at risk when placed in a nursing home. If you have a loved one living in a nursing facility it is important that you watch for signs of neglect or abuse and report them to authorities immediately. You should also get in touch with a nursing home abuse lawyer if abuse did occur.