Friday, April 06, 2007

I SMELL A RAT! A Lying, Stinking Rat!

Here's a story that just gives one more reason why we should dread being placed in or placing a loved one in a nursing home. I know all places that assist the elderly with daily living activities aren't bad, but it only takes one (alleged) incident such as this to rekindle the horrors that we imagine takes place in these facilities.

The Headline: Lawsuit alleges dead rat found in dementia patient's mouth

The Allegation: Staffing was so inadequate at a California senior center that a rat crawled into an Alzheimer's patient's mouth and died there before staff noticed

The Facility: Paragon Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Mission Viejo,Ca

The Lawsuit: overbooking of their facility to receive corporate bonuses while cutting back on staff to increase profits

The Defense:
A. Glue Traps
B. Field Mouse
C. Dementia = False Allegation

The Facility's Track Record:

1. Troy Nelms wandered from Paragon and was never found. He is presumed dead and his family has sued the facility

2. Six clients were injured and one died after improper care

Add to all this; "Revoking of Licenses, State Barring of employee contact, Anonymous Snitching, and the kicker..........RAT POiSoN, makes this case one for the Ages.

What trained professional would put Rat Poison in the room of a patient suffering from demetia? Thank goodness the patient survived and suffers from memory loss. I do wonder if the lawyer is seeking dollars or justice out of this case? Maybe its best the victim suffers from dementia; rats, poison and lawyers all have one thing in common, they can all drive a sane person insane.

I suppose it could be worse, the facility could reside in Iraq with bombs and missiles raining down on them. Of course the lawyer would then need a retainer deposited into his swiss account before talking with his client. What A World!

For the FULL story here's the link: Dead Rat Lawsuit

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