The family of a nursing home patient has filed a lawsuit after she fell, resulting in her death. The patient consistently struggled to find help to assist her to the bathroom. She was required to have at least one person assist her, yet the facility failed to provide support to her when she needed to go to the bathroom. The patient admitted the day before her fatal fall, to going to the bathroom on her own when the facility was unresponsive to her calls for help in toileting.
The lawsuit documented that she told a physical therapist of her attempts to toilet on her own without finding help to assist her. The physical therapist did not report the issue to administration. As a result, the patient went to the bathroom and fell the next day, striking her head on the porcelain sink and tile floor. Although she was transported to the hospital, she died later that same night. The state health department found the facility responsible for allowing her fall and fined the facility $2,500. For more, read the story.