Families are often required to move their loved ones into a nursing home not because they want to, but because they are incapable of providing the care their relative needs. These homes are expected to protect and respect the individuals that come to them for help and provide them with the quality care they need and deserve. Unfortunately, many homes have fallen short when it comes to meeting state and federal regulations that have been set for them. While some homes fail to provide their residents with a clean and hazard-free environment, others hire workers who abuse or neglect the people that depend on them for assistance.
While the nursing home industry has been struggling to protect residents and provide them with the proper care they deserve, the COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse. In fact, a nursing home in Pointe Coupee Parish, which is located about 40 minutes away from Baton Rouge, caught the attention of investigators from the Louisiana Department of Health, the Attorney General’s Office, the National Guard, and the Federal Health Standards Agency after they learned that 17 deaths had been reported in that area of the state [Source: WBRZ].
WBRZ reported that of those 17 deaths, 13 were residents who lived at Pointe Coupee Healthcare.
After these agencies learned that more than a dozen residents at the nursing home had passed away, they sent out investigators to find out what was going on. Parish President Major Thibaut said that his office had received at least 30 calls from concerned family members who had loved ones living in that facility, many of which claim the home had completely cut off communication with them. Monica Fabre was one of those concerned citizens who had placed a call to Thibaut’s office.
The news source says Fabre has multiple loved ones living in that facility. When she contacted Thibaut’s office, she expressed the frustration she felt when the lines of communication between her and the home were cut. She also says she is disgusted with how things are being run at Pointe Coupee Healthcare. After WBRZ conducted an investigation of its own, it found that the facility was fined $36,000 in 2019 for failing to timely report suspected abuse and neglect and in 2018, the home was cited for violating federal standards that protect residents from the spread of infections.
While many homes attribute their deficiencies to the unprecedented times we are facing, most were already experiencing issues before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
If you have a loved one who you believe is being mistreated or neglected by nursing home staff, the Baton Rouge, LA nursing home abuse lawyers at Miller, Hampton & Hilgendorf can help you address the issue. If there is evidence to prove your loved one is a victim of abuse or neglect, the lawyers at Miller, Hampton & Hilgendorf will be happy to help you take legal action.
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