Josephine Sciacca died on October 24, 2007 after a year and a half in a nursing home in Trinidad, Colorado. Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that negligent care resulted in the fatal injuries. The lawsuit alleges that Sciacca died due to dehydration, malnutrition and complications due to a pressure ulcer, all problems stemming from neglect and mistreatment at the facility.
The nursing home was negligent in failing to heal and prevent the reopening of a pressure ulcer, not properly feeding or hydrating Sciacca, and tampering with Sciacca’s medical records. Sciacca’s mistreatment and death were the result of “knowing and/or intentional actions” by the Colorado nursing home officials and staff, according to the family.
Although there is a cap of $150,000 for Colorado wrongful death lawsuits against the state, the family indicates that they hope to force changes in how the state administrates medical facilities, to make them more caring facilities and less like assembly lines and storage houses for the elderly.