Choosing the right nursing home for our parents can be one of the most gut wrenching experiences of our lives. There might be guilt about not being able to take care of them at our home. There is fear about picking the wrong one where our mom or dad may not be happy. But, what we do not expect is nursing home neglect. Unfortunately, another Iowa nursing home is being fined for how they are treating their patients.
A Guthrie Center nursing home is at the heart of this story. A woman claims that she was going to have to watch her mother die through a woman because the nursing home was ignoring her pleas. As a result, the nursing home is facing a $3,250 fine from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.
Because of the times we live in, many nursing homes are implementing strict access restrictions. In fact, many are banning visitors from assisted living and care facilities. But, as the IDIA has found, these restrictions can become neglect by going too far.
The citation paints a dark picture. The hospice care patient had begun to mottle. This is the process where the skin begins to blot due to their heart slowly failing. It is a sign of imminent death from heart failure.
The woman’s daughter repeated asked to see her mother before she died. She told the hospice car administrator she did not want to watch her mother die through a window, but she was denied entry. Her mother then died alone. As a result, the IDIA found that the hospice facility failed to ensure resident rights were met due to a resident was not allowed to have family visit during the end of life.
This case shows that neglect and negligence does not necessarily have to flow from some direct physical injury or neglect of traditional medical needs. Those at the end of their lives have a rights to how they die and who can be there at the end of their lives
Luckily, this family and the families of those that have experienced this type of neglect have legal options. While money gained from a lawsuit will not erase the pain, it can bring some sense of justice, and calling an attorney is the first step.