Senior Care Worker to Serve Three to Six Months in Jail for Elder Neglect

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on February 15, 2018 in Nursing Home Abuse
Updated on February 24, 2022

judge looking at documentsA senior care home operator at a facility in Rohnert Park, California, will serve a three to six-month jail sentence and be put on probation for three years for elder neglect that led to a resident’s death. She is prohibited from operate a care home while on probation.

The operator accepted a plea bargain in a case of elder neglect that led to the death of a 77-year-old resident from severe bedsores in 2016. The resident’s death was caused by complications from bedsores.  

There is also a pending civil lawsuit against the facility over the treatment of the now deceased resident. One of the allegations in the lawsuit is that the facility kept charging the resident’s family $4,800 per month even though the resident was not receiving proper care.

If your elderly loved one has suffered neglect at a nursing home, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers at PKSD for a free, no obligation consultation to review the situation. We may be able to help you pursue compensation for the damages caused by your loved one’s personal injury.

What You Need to Know About Bedsores

Elderly people with severe mobility impairments are at high risk for developing bedsores, also known as pressure sores or ulcers.

Bedsores at nursing homes develop due to constant pressure on a certain part of the body, such as:

  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Tailbone
  • Lower back
  • Ankles
  • Heels
  • Feet
  • Back of the thighs

Constant pressure on these body parts causes damage to the skin and underlying tissue. If these injuries are not treated, they can get much worse as they penetrate deeper into the skin, possibly affecting tendons and joints. The later stages of pressures sores can be fatal because victims can suffer infections in the blood, bones and skin.

Unfortunately, these injuries are often allowed to occur and get worse because of the negligence of people who are responsible for caring for the elderly, such as nurses and other nursing home staff members. They are supposed to make sure residents who cannot move on their own are shifted around in their beds or wheelchairs to prevent constant pressure on body parts susceptible to bedsores.

Nursing home staff members also need to ensure residents have dry bedding and clean clothes, as unclean clothes or bedding can contribute to the development of pressure sores.

If a bedsore is discovered, nursing home staff members can easily prevent it from getting worse by applying appropriate first aid, such as washing the area gently with mild soap and water. There are also mattress pads, special pillows and foam cushions that can be used to relieve pressure on the area to help prevent the injury from worsening.

Contact PKSD Today to Discuss a Nursing Home Abuse Case

If your loved one has a bedsore that you think is the result of negligence or abuse at a nursing home, contact our attorneys for a free legal consultation.

We can carefully review your situation to determine if you have legal options. We are prepared to manage every aspect of your case as we pursue fair compensation.

We have helped many victims of nursing home abuse pursue the justice they deserve. We know how devastating abuse and neglect can be, and that is why we are committed to building a strong case to defend your loved one’s rights.

Contact PKSD today by calling 877-877-2228.  

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