16 Residents Found in Assisted-Living Facility Licensed for Four Beds
Sixteen residents were found living at an assisted-living facility that was only licensed for four beds. In Lansdowne, Maryland, a cousin of one of the residents contacted authorities about the facility’s living conditions after visiting. Last Tuesday, the cousin discovered her 85-year-old relative tied to a chair with a set of moldering dentures sitting on a nearby sink. This prompted an investigation by state health investigators and police who found two residents in a locked room. One of those individuals was brought to the hospital for dehydration. Twelve other residents occupied another locked room with no access to food or drink but harbored no significant health issues. Calls to the business and its owners went unanswered, and results are pending in an investigation by Baltimore County’s elder abuse unit, the Department of Social Services, and county prosecutors. The owners of the assisted-living facility could face charges of abuse, neglect, and fraud.
Nursing home negligence has risen to alarming proportions nationwide. Families carefully review assisted-living facilities and nursing homes to ensure that their loved ones receive quality care. Despite laws enacted to protect nursing home residents, some employees at these facilities neglect their residents’ needs, or, even more disturbingly, abuse the patients, which may lead to severe illnesses, personal injuries, or even fatalities.
If you suspect that someone you love is a victim of nursing home negligence, contact our Baltimore nursing home negligence lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman, & Hamilton for assistance in pursuing your claim. Contact us online or call 800-547-4LAW (4529) for a free consultation.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent victims of nursing home negligence in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.March 13, 2017