Lexington Health Care Center and Vonda Messino, a resident of the facility have been named as defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois. Patricia Gioa, daughter of Mary Ann Flynn, deceased, claims Flynn was attacked on November 24, 2006 by a nursing home resident with violent tendencies which contributed to her death.
Flynn was admitted to Lexington Health Care Center in 2006 for care relating to dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and hypertension. Prior to the November, 2006 incident Flynn had been attacked by Messino in the presence of nursing home staff. The lawsuit claims that the previous attacks should have put the staff on notice of Messino’s violent propensities and the staff should have taken preventative measures to assure similar acts did not take place again.
Flynn suffered multiple bruises and suffered a stroke following the attack. The suit claims the attack caused or contributed to her death. The four count alleges the following:
- The nursing home staff failed to protect the decent from abuse and neglect
- The nursing home staff failed to comply with professional standards
- The nursing home staff failed to failed to timely inform Flynn’s family that she had been attacked by another resident
- Nursing home failed to maintain records
- Nursing home failed to provide adequate care for Flynn
- Nursing home failed to notify Flynn’s family of changes in her condition
- The nursing home failed to adequately train nurses to protect residents from violence from other residents
Lexington operates 21 nursing homes in the Chicago-land area. Lexington nursing homes operated under the the names: Lexington Health Care Centers, Lexington Retirement Centers and Merit Home Health Care. If the allegations in the complaint prove to be true, the nursing home company should be held fully responsible for allowing abuse among residents. One of the most important preventative measures a nursing home should have in place for the care of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients is to keep them segregated from the general nursing home population to assure their safety.