The owner and the top on-site administrators of two long-term care facilities for disabled and mentally ill adults in Hampton and Williamsburg, Virginia (VA), have had had their state licenses to provide health care suspended. The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that residents and patients at Ashwood Assisted Living and Madison Retirement Center suffered from abuse and neglect.
Incidents cited in an investigative report include a senior resident with diabetes falling and dying the next day without being taken to a hospital, multiple residents losing significant amounts of weight due to lack of food and patients missing doses of medications because one of the facilities was short-staffed and maintained insufficient stocks of prescription drugs.
The Virginia Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer's Perspective
The temporary license suspensions took effect on Sept. 14, 2012, and may become permanent when members of the Virginia Board of Long-Term Care Administrators meets at the end of October. If all the charges of abuse and neglect prove true, the individuals in charge of the Hampton and Williamsburg adult care homes should no longer be allowed to have responsibility for ensuring people's well-being.
Patients and residents of long-term care facilities depend on the operators and staff members for many of their most basic life needs, from having enough to eat to staying physically safe. Too often, and sadly, individuals in those facilities are betrayed by the very people they most need assistance from.
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If you have a parent, child or sibling in a nursing home or assisted living facility and suspect he or she is being abused or neglected, download this free report written by Virginia personal injury attorneys to begin learning about your legal rights and options for holding the responsible people accountable for the injuries and suffering they caused.
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