Former Staffer at Ohio Nursing Home Indicted for Felony Connected to Resident Death

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on March 15, 2019 in Nursing Home Abuse
Updated on February 24, 2022

gavel resting by handcuffsOn Wednesday, a woman from Old West End was indicted for a felony and two misdemeanors related to the death of a resident at Arbors at Oregon, a senior care center in Ohio. The felony charge is for involuntary manslaughter and the two misdemeanors are for patient abuse.

The woman used to work at the facility and the indictment says she caused a patient’s death because she engaged in or attempted to engage in gross patient neglect from Aug. 7, 2017 to Aug. 13, 2017. There are no details in the indictment about how this woman’s actions are alleged to have caused the patient to die.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office are jointly prosecuting this case.

The Old West End woman said she used to work at the facility and was aware of the situation, but not aware she was facing charges. She declined to make any further comments.

A judge has been assigned to the case but no bond has been set and there is no scheduled date for a trial.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given the facility where the death occurred a two out of five stars. This means the facility has a below-average rating.

The most recent survey of the facility was completed on Oct. 3 and there were citations about attentiveness to residents and cleanliness.

Inspectors found one resident did not have sufficient access to safety measures to prevent falls, even though she was a fall risk because of her dementia and the medications she was taking.

However, the facility did not have safety measures, like a mat on the side of the bed or a pressure alarm on the bed. Her wheelchair had also been observed on the other side of her room.

There was also a situation where the facility did not ensure a resident’s catheter was covered. The resident said he felt like a burden on the staff and he was unable to move himself in his bed to make sure the catheter was covered.

Another problem in the facility was a common shower room that had a ceiling stain with a black substance, even though there was an exhaust fan. The hall with the shower served 19 residents.

According to a nurse aid, the shower room had been out of use for a month and residents showered elsewhere.

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