August 30, 2012
A former CEO of a California nursing home pleaded no contest in a case where she is accused of knowing that dementia patients at her nursing home were being forcibly drugged. The woman received 3 years probation and 300 hours of community service. Three nursing home residents died due to the abuse.
The woman pleaded no contest to one felony count of conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public health. She was accused of knowing that the nursing director at the Kern Valley Health Care District’s nursing home was injecting dementia patients with drugs to keep them sedated and under control. Several residents who were drugged were also forcibly restrained.
In total, 23 patients were given high doses of medication. The residents suffered side effects from the medication and three residents died.
The case is also being investigated by the Registered Nursing Board.
Shocking cases of nursing home abuse call to light how many of our nation’s elderly citizens are treated as less than human in nursing facilities. And tragically, cases of abuse like this often result in death.
If you believe your loved one died in a nursing home due to abuse or neglect, or if you believe they are currently being abused–with issues ranging from bed sores to broken bones–you need to alert the police and contact experienced nursing home abuse lawyers to handle your case.
We have an obligation to our elders to stand up for them when they can no longer stand up for themselves.