Man in Florida Nursing Home Dies As a Result of Heat Exposure
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on May 25, 2016 in Nursing Home Injury or Death
On May 1, a Pinellas Park, Florida nursing home resident died at the hospital after he was left outside in the sun for several hours. As police continue to investigate the death, guardians who had loved ones at the facility are asserting the care at Gracewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Care is lacking.
Around 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, the Pinellas Park Police Department was informed that a resident at Gracewood may have been a victim of abuse. Paramedics taking the man to the hospital informed police of the situation.
Dehydration is a common form of neglect associated with nursing home facilities. In this case, the victim was likely dehydrated after the facility failed to monitor his time outside, which also led to the second-degree burns and blisters.
According to the initial report, the 65-year-old victim had been left outside for a long time and had suffered dehydration and second-degree burns with blisters. He suffered cardiac arrest and died.
The Department of Children and Families was notified and is involved in the investigation as well.
Gracewood has been fined five times in the past decade for failing to properly use mechanical lifts and failing to provide adequate dental care for residents.
The victim had no living relatives, but did have an appointed guardian who has opted to remove at least 10 other clients from Gracewood.
Another guardian said he had opted to remove his patient from the home after she suffered more than a dozen falls at the facility in just over a year. A third guardian said he was so displeased with care that he checked his mother out of the facility 10 days after she arrived. He also specified that the facility should be shut down. some guardians stated that they had expressed their concerns during care planning meetings, but that their loved ones still suffered injuries and other issues.
If you believe your loved one has been a victim of neglect at a nursing home facility, contact the experienced nursing home abuse attorneys at Stewart Bell, PLLC. We can help you explore your legal options and determine if you are entitled to compensation.