Occasionally, one hears of truly unbelievable stories involving real-life people. Recently, one of those instances occurred in an Ohio nursing home. Apparently, a methamphetamine lab was being run at the nursing home in a resident's room and caught fire and exploded. The fire killed one man, who was neither a resident nor an employee. Four others were burned and taken to the hospital. According to the police report, at least two visitors and one nursing home resident knew about the existence of the meth lab. The resulting fire damaged one nearby room and part of a hallway, resulting in six residents being relocated elsewhere. Last year, this same nursing home was cited for inadequate care and more then ten other violations. According to the newspaper article, "Alleged violations found in a December survey included inadequate care, failure to investigate how a resident was injured and improperly responding to residents' complaints about missing property. The facility's plan of correction said it would go over proper care and reporting procedures with staff and would replace residents' missing items."
Obviously, this particular story is not the norm in cases of nursing home injury, abuse, and neglect. However, this story is horrendous and can show how bad nursing home conditions can get if not kept under control and monitored. With this in mind, you will need to research possible nursing home options extensively to avoid the possibility of negligence or abuse of a loved one, as well as under/inefficient staffing. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a central Pennsylvania lawyer specializing in nursing home abuse and negligence. For more information on his practice, please visit our website.