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Nursing Home Abuse in Vermont

Vermont Legislature Demands Information on Nursing Home Abuse

March 27, 2013

Vermont lawmakers are seeking information regarding the state’s nursing home abuse cases after discovering that not all cases reported were investigated.

According to the Rutland Herald, a staff of phone screeners evaluated phone calls made to Adult Protective Services last year. Out of 1,829 calls of reported abuse, only half were handed over to investigators. As a result, lawmakers are seeking information about the rules used when handling complaints.

Last Thursday, legislature was granted approval to get quarterly reports from the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living. Each report must explain the reasons for any calls that go unreported.

However, Governor Peter Shumlin shut down a similar law last year, stating that it would overwork state employees. The law was brought up when several people filed a lawsuit against the state for breach its contract to protect the elderly. Since then, according to Sandy Haas of the House Committee on Human Services, things have improved vastly with the Adult Protective Services in Vermont. Yet, the results of the recent screened calls was enough cause for concern.

In defense, Susan Wehry, commissioner of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, says that many of the calls placed were self-neglect calls, and the agency call only refer those calls out instead of reporting them.

Meanwhile, victims with a legitimate case who were neglected can opt to hire their own nursing home abuse attorney and file for civil damages.


Vermont Attorney General Looking at Possible Nursing Home Abuse Death

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.


Nursing Assistant Charged with Murder in Nursing Home Abuse Case

January 18, 2012

A nursing assistant at Thompson House Nursing Home in Brattleboro, Vermont has been charged with second-degree murder after allegedly injecting a resident with insulin causing the resident to die after becoming brain dead.

The nursing assistant is also accused of stealing from the 83-year-old victim by stealing her credit card and withdrawing cash. The credit card continued to be charged five days after the victim died. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and is bring held on $150,000 bail.

After she was found unconscious in her room, the victim was taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and was determined to be brain dead and was removed from life support.

Two weeks prior to the death of the victim, another resident under the same nursing assistant’s care was hospitalized for low blood sugar levels.

Cases of nursing home abuse are truly horrible. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help obtain some justice for the victim and the victim’s family.