An 82-Year-Old World War II Veteran and nursing home resident had nine maggots in one eye, bedsores, a fever, and an infected breathing tube when he was admitted to Florida Hospital DeLand on November 7 for respiratory problems. At the time, Anthony Vincent Digiannurio had been a patient at the University Center West nursing home in DeLand, Florida.
Digiannurio’s daughter, Laura, says that hospice workers placed her father at University Center West because he couldn’t use his legs and he had lung problems. In May, Anthony hurt his head during a fall when a nurse left him to take care of another patient.
Diagiannurio was awarded the Purple Heart in 1988 for his participation in the European Theater of Operation on September 8, 1945. He also is the author of nine books.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse and negligence is a serious problem in the United States. There are some 1.5 million people living in about 17,000 nursing homes throughout the U.S. Unfortunately, there are nurses and nurse’s aides at these homes that are unqualified, overworked, and/or underpaid.
Elderly residents, who make up over half of the nursing home resident patient population, are especially susceptible to nursing home abuse because they tend to be physically weak and emotionally vulnerable—especially the ones who are very frail and unable to articulate that they are being abused.
If you suspect that someone you love is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, you should take immediate steps to remove your loved one from the nursing home. You should also contact an experienced Florida nursing home abuse lawyer right away to determine if your loved one has grounds to file a nursing home abuse claim or lawsuit.
Signs of nursing home abuse or negligent include bedsores, unexplained genital disease or injuries, overmedication, sudden weight loss or weight gain, broken bones, bruises, loss of possessions, sudden financial withdrawals from a resident’s bank accounts, and unexpected changes to a resident’s will.
Nursing home abuse can be physical, verbal, emotional, or mental. Nursing home abuse is against the law.
Patient in nursing home investigation vet with Purple Heart, Daytona Beach News-Journal, November 17, 2007
Signs of Nursing Home Abuse, Elder Abuse Foundation
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