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December 24, 2011

A report out of Co Waterford in Ireland says that Woodlock nursing home was closed because, in addition to not adequately protecting a resident from another abusive resident, the nursing home did not appropriately handle the health and finances of residents.

The Health Information Quality Authority investigated the facility and found that an unruly resident was also taken to the ground by staff in a potentially harmful way.

Signs of nursing home abuse or negligence were found by inspectors such as not properly monitoring resident medication, food and fluid intake, wound care, and overall health of residents. Inappropriate use of physical restraints were also a concern.

All 20 of Woodlock’s residents had to be relocated after a court order closed the nursing home.

The nursing home owners have denied some of the abuse and neglect issues found in the inspection.

A nursing home abuse lawyer can help residents and their families if nursing home abuse becomes an issue at their nursing home or assisted living facility.

source: http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/1221/woodlock.html

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