December 27th, 2010
The death of an 84-year-old resident with Alzheimer’s disease at a Vermont nursing home is being looked into by the state Attorney General’s office.
The female resident’s death at Crescent Manner Nursing Home was investigated by local police. The woman’s death might be a case of nursing home abuse as the investigation showed the woman wandered into the room of another resident at which time the woman was grabbed by the other resident causing them both to fall. The injuries the woman suffered during the fall lead to her death at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
Edward Baker, director of the Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit at the Attorney General’s Office, confirmed that the matter was being looked into, but would not comment on if an official investigation is taking place; he added that the office does not comment on active investigations.
The son of the deceased woman said investigations into his mother’s death have not been adequate, and questions why the man who grabbed his mother was in the Alzheimer’s ward of the nursing home. The man who grabbed his mother was found by the State’s Attorney to not be mentally competent to stand trial.
Cases of nursing home abuse can often be complex, leaving loved ones with many questions. If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect you are advised to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately.