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David Fritzgerald was admitted to RHD Memorial Medical Center for routine ulcer surgery Aug. 29, 2003. Shortly after...
Gilbert Wilson was an alzheimer's patient living at Eden Home Healthcare Inc. Mr. Wilson went into the facility...
James Reinhardt, a 75-year-old dementia patient moved into a secure dementia unit at Sunrise at Mill Basin in 2002....

Recent News

MORGANTOWN -- Authorities want consumers to be aware of a holiday scam going on in Monongalia County.
WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A former employee of Broadmore Estates has sued the Putnam County assisted-living facility for...
A woman is suing multiple healthcare companies for negligence and medical malpractice.
A woman is accused of taking nearly $14,000 from a resident of a nursing home in Martinsburg while she was employed...
A Kanawha County man is suing a Charleston-area hospital alleging the carelessness of its staff contributed to the...
Between July 1, 2007, and June 30 of this year, 324 allegations of abuse or neglect involving individuals age 60 or...
When we first put our mom and brother at this nursing center, we requested they both be bathed and my brother shaved...
Minnie Sheriff of Clinton, a former employee of the Veterans Affairs Nursing home in Jackson pleaded guilty Monday to...
A 38-year-old Clinton woman has pleaded guilty to forgery charges for writing checks against the Veterans Nursing Home...
The owner of a Gulfport nursing home is accused of doing business illegally. 44-year-old Greg Sullivan is owner of...
BRIDGEPORT -- Lori Ruckman phoned the 7 Newsroom on Thursday evening to say that she believed one of her relatives was...
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Three people associated with an Alexandria nursing home reported checks being stolen from their...
WELLSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Police say a Wheeling man accused of abducting a nursing home resident has been arrested in...
The woman reported missing from the Valley Haven Geriatric Center last week has been found, and criminal charges are...
WELLSBURG, WV -- It was apparently a grueling cross-country journey by two adults--a woman reportedly with bi-polar...
BEECH BOTTOM, WV -- The Brooke County Sheriff's Department wants help from the public in finding Nancy Jean Sears...
MADISON, Miss. -- A woman charged for using excessive force while placing a vulnerable adult on a mechanical lift...
A 23-year-old Monticello woman has admitted to using excessive force while placing a nursing home patient on a...
HUNTINGTON - A Cabell County woman is suing a nursing home, claiming staff there failed to tell her about a cord...
CHARLESTON - A woman claims shoddy nursing home care has left her in worse health than when she went in. Tamorah Miller...

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Dehydration: Dehydration is one of the most common and potentially life-threatening conditions at a nursing home. When the body does not receive an adequate amount of water, this is an obvious symptom of abuse or neglect in nursing homes. Symptoms include dry, cracked lips and skin.

Weight Loss: Sudden, drastic weight loss is another sign that your loved ones are not being cared for properly.

Bedsores: Also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, bedsores are caused by prolonged pressure or rubbing on vulnerable areas of the body. These types of injuries are not normal and can be prevented. Bedsores often occur when a person has not been properly turned, cared for or given enough water, and are a key sign that someone has been abused or neglected.

Broken Bones: Multiple broken bones are a sign that facility staff are being careless when they move your loved one.  Some residents may have specific orders on how they are supposed to be moved. If the staff does not correctly follow mobility orders it can results in spills and falls that break residents' fragile bones.

Behavioral Changes: Has your loved one become unusually upset or agitated, extremely withdrawn, or non-communicative? Does he or she act differently when a particular staff member is around? Has an unusual behavior, such as rocking in bed or thumb-sucking developed? If so, you may be witnessing the effects of emotional and/or physical abuse. Sometimes residents won't tell you what is happening to them for fear of retaliation by facility staff, so it is important to pay attention to how your loved one responds to the nursing home environment.

Unsanitary Conditions: You expect your loved one to reside in a clean, healthy environment. If you discover that your loved one has been lying in his or her waste, this is a sign of neglect. It may not be obvious, so discrete examination of undergarments and skin to see if they are soiled may be necessary.

Malnutrition: Malnutrition is more than just not getting enough to eat. It also can mean not getting enough vitamins and minerals in food or not being able to process food after eating. The nursing home should make sure your loved one is being properly fed, and are expected to help assist those who cannot feed themselves.