The family of an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient in Whippany, New Jersey, who was murdered by a fellow patient, is suing the home for failing to properly care for her. The family alleges that the victim had informed staff at the home that the male resident was stalking her and that he had threatened her. The family's suit alleges that the nursing home staff simply told the woman to avoid the man.
An increasingly common problem is the failure of hospitals to put a stop to mistreatment of elderly patients. This mistreatment can lead to the wrongful death of the elderly patient. Recently, a New Jersey woman discovered that her 93-year-old mother, a nursing home patient with Alzheimer's disease, had sustained injuries across her body. The woman's mother had broken her eye socket, cheekbone, wrist and jaw, and also had welts on her back and gashes on her left shin. The mother eventually died from her injuries. The hospital said that the mother slipped on powder in her bathroom and injured herself in a fall, but this was a claim that the daughter refused to accept. The daughter suspected abuse by the hospital's staff, but an investigation did not turn up any evidence.