As experienced Pima County elder neglect attorneys, we were deeply saddened over reports of a death at a local nursing home reported by AZ Star Net on Thursday, July 26, 2012. The man died on June 18, 2012 at the nursing home where he was living, but the cause of death was not originally reported as neglect. New results released Thursday after a full autopsy of the victim was performed indicated that he died from severe dehydration and being baked to death after being left in the sun on a three-digit day by caretakers for more than one hour. We are deeply sorry for the family and hope that they are able to find some comfort now that they have answers in the death of their loved one.
How to Avoid Pima County Elder Neglect at Nursing Homes
Families who are choosing a nursing home for their elderly loved ones do everything that they can to avoid Pima County elder neglect, and occasionally accidents happen that the family could not have foreseen. The facility faulted by the medical examiner in this neglect case had no sanctions and an A rating from the state health licensing department. Families should not rely on these ratings alone and should also speak with residents, the families of residents, employees, and other people familiar with the residence before signing any contracts. Families can also vary visitation times to ensure that the facility never knows when they will arrive.