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Nursing Home Abuse in Missouri

Woman Charged in Missouri Nursing Home Abuse Case to Stand Trial

March 12, 2012

A woman charged with setting her roommate’s bed on fire in a Missouri nursing home appeared in court last Thursday and will stand trial for her alleged crimes later this month.

She is charged with first-degree elderly abuse and first-degree arson.

The accused woman originally denied setting fire but later admitted to it. She was arrested last January.

Testimony by a police investigator led the Judge to conclude the woman should stand trial for her alleged crimes.

The woman allegedly set fire to her elderly roommate’s bed while the roommate was sleeping. Witnesses reported she was the last person seen in the room before the fire.

Nursing home abuse can occur when residents at nursing homes harm other residents. Often this abuse in at the fault of the nursing home management who could have prevented the abuse.

We encourage you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer if you or loved one has been abused in a nursing home.


Missouri Nursing Home Suspected of Nursing Home Abuse

April 16, 2011

Normandy Nursing Center in Missouri is being investigated for nursing home abuse following allegations from a resident’s sister that her brother nearly died as a result of severe abuse and neglect.

The 37-year-old disabled man who was allegedly abused was hospitalized due to malnourishment, dehydration, and respiratory and renal failure. Furthermore, the man’s sister says his ventilator was almost turned off because of instructions from the man’s guardian that he not be resuscitated or intubated.

The man’s sister claims the nursing home and the man’s guardian were not giving the man proper treatment and did not recognize his health problems. He is currently hospitalized and in serious condition.

In the battle against nursing home abuse and neglect it is crucial that family members and other loved one’s of nursing home residents visit often to ensure their loved one is properly care for. If you suspect abuse or neglect make sure you contact the authorities immediately and get in touch with a nursing home abuse lawyer.


Missouri Man Arrested on Nursing Home Abuse Sex Charges

February 25, 2013

A Cape Girardeau, Missouri resident was arrested last week after being charged with a nursing home abuse sex crime.

According to the Scott County news release, 55-year-old David H. Barberis was charged this past Thursday with one count of deviate sexual intercourse. The incident allegedly occurred at the Chaffee Nursing home on Wednesday. Barberis was visiting the nursing home that day and purportedly was caught acting in extremely inappropriate manners with a female resident. After witnessing the incident, the nursing home’s office contacted Sheriff Rick Walter of Scott County.

Barberis was notified that he was needed for questioning. He was arrested on Thursday after going to the sheriff’s office to talk about the incident. He remains in jail on a $10,000 bond.

Barberis is a musician who travels to several local nursing homes where he plays music for the residents

At this time, there is no information as to exactly what Barberis did to act inappropriately. However, according to a nurse on duty at the time, Barberis, at one point, went into the room of a female resident and closed the door. The nurse followed, opened the door, and stated that Barberis was engaging in improper behavior.

The victims in this case are encouraged to seek an experienced nursing home abuse attorney for the civil end of the case.


Missouri Inspection Uncovers Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

January 14, 2013

After accusations of rape, assault, and other forms of nursing home abuse in several Missouri nursing homes, an outcry for the release of previous investigations was honored this past Wednesday. The results were shocking.

At the request of ProPublica, a journalism group that has been exposing nursing home abuse, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the report, which indicated that at least 513 nursing homes in the state of Missouri have been fined. The fines were a result of a variety of infractions by the nursing homes, stemming from neglect, abuse, unsanitary living conditions, improper medical care, and more.

The most serious penalization went to the North Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in northern St. Louis. A total of 51 deficiencies were found at the nursing home, ranging from harsh punishments to the residents, abuse, and emotional stress. The report found that the victims were treated more like prisoners rather than residents, with alleged punishments of being locked in their room and forced to walk around without pants on.

Another nursing home, the Carrie Elligson Geitner Home, has been given several fines since 2010, consisting of medical neglect, abuse, and failing to monitor ill patients. Because of the 40 deficiencies found in the nursing home over the past three years, the nursing home was fined over $23,000.

Although the nursing home administrators have made a statement defending the accusations, the loved ones of the victims still have the right to retain a nursing home abuse attorney and file for personal damages.


Family Alleges Nursing Home Abuse in Missouri

June 12, 2012

On the heels of a recent nursing home abuse investigation at St. John’s Place nursing home in St. Louis, Missouri, another family has come forward saying their now hospitalized relative was a victim of neglect.

The daughter-in-law of the alleged victim came forward to a local news station to report her suspicions that her mother-in-law was neglected. She said the 68-year-old’s right arm was starting to turn green and she was forced to call a doctor. The doctor advised her that the woman needs to be in the ER. The nursing home reportedly called an ambulance after a two hour wait.

The alleged victim is currently in the hospital with a separated shoulder and fractured elbow. The daughter-in-law also said the woman has bruises, but she doesn’t know if they are from a fall or otherwise.

The abuse case currently being investigated involves an elderly woman with cuts and bruises. The nursing home says the woman fell when she was transported out of her wheelchair and into her bed. They deny she was abused.

Nursing home injuries are very common and many are preventable. If you or a family member was injured in a nursing home you should contact a nursing home abuse attorney as you may be entitled to financial compensation for any negligence on the part of the nursing home.


Nursing Home for Veterans Faces Sexual Abuse and Neglect Allegations

June 14th, 2010

A nursing home for veterans in Missouri has recently come under fire after allegations of sexual abuse and neglect of veterans. The K.F. Jammer Manor received a surprise inspection from Veterans Administration staff after state agencies started investigating nursing home abuse claims.

The investigations started after a hot-line tip came in alleging an employee of the nursing home had sexually abused a female veteran. Several veterans have since been moved from the facility. The VA says several other requests by veterans to be moved are currently being worked on.

The owner of the nursing home vehemently denies the sexual abuse charges.

A 2009 investigation of the facility by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services revealed neglect of veterans. Violations included several patients not recieving heart medication for 14 days, with another patient not given antipsychotic medications for over a month. Several rooms of veterans were also found to be dirty and damaged.

“No one wants to do a slip shot investigation,” said Kit Wager, a spokesperson with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. “When allegations are made and they are serious, we look into them immediately. We were there immediately. But they are not just looking at the sexual abuse allegations. They are also looking at the facility in its entirety.”

The VA says that surprise nursing home inspections and the removal of veterans at their request will continue.


Possible Nursing Home Abuse as Man Wanders From Facility and is Found Dead

July 27, 2012

An elderly man with Alzheimer’s who wandered away from his nursing home in over 100 degree heat was found dead in a nearby creek. The man had a history of wandering away from his Kansas City, Missouri nursing home but apparently correct measures were not in place to prevent this from recurring.

Police searched from the 75-year-old man for hours after he was reported missing early last Sunday with temperatures above 100. The Missouri Search and Rescue canine unit found the man later that evening about a mile and a half from the nursing home. Police say it appears he had fallen and was found face down in a creek.

An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of the man’s death.

Although it is unclear exactly what went wrong in this case, when proper measures are not put in place to prevent nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s from wandering away from the home, it is indeed a form of nursing home abuse.

In a case such as this, the man was particularly at risk given that he had wandered away before. We advise anyone who believes that they or a family member has been hurt due to the negligence of a nursing home to contact a nursing home abuse attorney to discuss your legal options.