HeraldNet.com out of Washington had an article about the recent investigation into falls at a Life Care Center of America nursing home. The state Department of Social and Health Services is investigating the case of a nursing home patient who slipped and fell last month as she was getting out of bed, taken to a hospital and later died. The nursing home patient was treated at the hospital for a cut to her head and a skin tear to her arm, said Roberta Crawford, a field manager for the state agency. DSHS is investigating whether there was neglect of the patient and if the nursing home failed to provide adequate supervision.
The woman was a resident at the Life Care Center of Bothell. An employee at the nursing home declined to comment on the case, saying any statement would have to come from its corporate headquarters in Tennessee.
Four reports were filed with a DSHS hot line about the patient’s care, triggering the investigation, Crawford said. Reports were made by he nursing home’s director of nursing, the hospital, a relative of the patient and the state’s department of Adult Protective Services, part of DSHS, Crawford said.