Life Care malpractice

Apr 9, 2010 Read more: The Elizabethton Star 180

A new Carter County jury has begun listening to testimony in the wrongful death and malpractice suit against Life Care Center of Elizabethton.

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dottie

United States

#1 Apr 15, 2010
i could not or would not let a dog of mine go there been there and the smell will kill you if you love your mom or dad take them some where
Been there

Johnson City, TN

#2 Apr 16, 2010
Thats not true.
Hey

United States

#3 Apr 16, 2010
dottie wrote:
i could not or would not let a dog of mine go there been there and the smell will kill you if you love your mom or dad take them some where
Don't know about. Life care but you sound familar . LoL
Sad

Farmville, VA

#4 Apr 16, 2010
The use of proper grammar might help your case, Dot.

There are some lovely people working at Life Care.
Hey

United States

#5 Apr 16, 2010
dottie wrote:
i could not or would not let a dog of mine go there been there and the smell will kill you if you love your mom or dad take them some where
Are you DC ? If so I got a question for you and I think you know what its about . If your not then I apologize for any inconvenience .
been there

Johnson City, TN

#6 Apr 16, 2010
Sad wrote:
The use of proper grammar might help your case, Dot.
There are some lovely people working at Life Care.
Thank you...yes, there is.
work there

Kingsport, TN

#7 Apr 17, 2010
I work at Life Care full time, and I have also worked at other area nursing homes on a PRN basis. I'm not going to say Life Care is perfect, but I can say with confidence that our residents receive good care. Sometimes very sick people die despite everyone's best efforts. This man had multiple medical problems that contributed to his death, and it seems that most of those were diagnosed before he set foot in the door, including the pressure sores (I did not work at Life Care in 2005, so I know only what I read about this case). I wish that you could read about one of our great success stories at Life Care; our team has helped many people recover and go home to live happy lives with their families. Of course, that doesn't make for a very sensational news story.
still grieving

Elizabethton, TN

#8 Apr 17, 2010
let me tell you something about life care, i used to work there in the 90's and i had a so called partner named KITTY, she would never help me with my residents, but i did help her. we was so under staffed that it was awful. the residents didn't get the care they needed, but i did what i could with no help. i had to ask for help from the other floors and when they had time they helped me. i couldn't take it any longer and i quit. then in 2004 my dad was a resident there but not by my doings. i would have taken him to hermitage if i had a choice. he got sick and was sent out to the hospital and guess what they sent his room mates medical chart and at the hospital they didn't even check to see if it was his chart and he was given the wrong medicine. continue on next post.
still grieving

Elizabethton, TN

#9 Apr 17, 2010
we told the nurses at sycamore shoals and they still give him the wrong medicine and because of this he just about died. he was then sent to johnson city medical and the er doctor over there finally got it straightened out and having to do emergency surgery on him for the wrong meds eating a hole in his stomach and causing bleeding. when he got back to the nursing home the don up there told us about the wrong chart being sent with him and she said she fired the nurse that done. he was never the same after that, he wouldn't even get out of bed again. we could have owned that place and sycamore shoals but my mom chose not to do that but if he been my choice the door would have been closed on both of them. he died in 06 by himself because no one called from the nursing home to let us know he was sick. i was called about 45 minutes after he died by a cna that took enough time to call and i really thank her for that.the doctor "clark" said she called and she didn't, she lied and now ask me how i feel about life care. i say remove all the residents and burn the place to the ground!!!!!!!!!! my dad would probably still be alive today if it hadn't been for them.
Earl Wiggins

Johnson City, TN

#10 Apr 17, 2010
Guess the jurors don`t realize that we are all paying for this large award as our insurance will increase. I hope it is appealed.
Ashley

Johnson City, TN

#11 Apr 17, 2010
I previously worked at Life Care for 3 1/2 years. I loved my job. I was there for the residents cause you sure don't work there for the pay! I went in everyday, provided and cared for the residents. Ther reason it is the way it is, is because they are very short handed and the "Office" staff will not come out from behind their desk long enough to help. They won't even answer call lights half the time. The only time they do help is when State is there and they want to look good infron of them and act like they care about their employees. They don't!!! When State leaves its right back to their same old ways. Setting behind their desk doing much of nothing. I remember going in some days and having 20 residents myself with four shoewers. They wouldn't get any help til a family member came in and threatened to call state. Most of the nurses wont even help answer lights. There are some great employees that work there that do care , but when you are so short handed there is not much you can do. You just do the best you can. If you want this facility to improve then you need to call State and let them know exactly how this place is so they can terminate a few of the office management and hire someone that actually cares.
still grieving

Elizabethton, TN

#12 Apr 17, 2010
Mr. Wiggins, guess you haven't ever experienced anything like this. Thank God you haven't. If they are guilty they must pay the price and get their act together so what happened to my dad and other people want have to suffer by their mistakes. They charge out rageous prices up there for room and board and believe me they have the money. The CNA'S don't get paid near enough for what they have to do. I know I worked as one for years, all you get is a broke back , aching legs, feet and dead tired from over work. It's the residents that matter and nothing else. You walk , no run in thier shoes for a day and see how you feel.
work there

Kingsport, TN

#13 Apr 17, 2010
FYI, many negative comments here and elsewhere are coming from disgruntled former employees. For example, poster "Ashley" was terminated by Life Care a few months ago. Of course somebody who got fired is going to have bitter things to say. Several prosecution witnesses during the trial were also unreliable; one former CNA had a terrible attendance record and quit without notice.

Also, remember that whatever happened in the McLemore case took place 5 years ago. Some of the posters here are even talking about things that happened 10-15 years ago! "I worked there in the 90's"? Please. Nothing at Life Care is the same as it was in the 90's. If you are reading this, think about how many things have changed at your place of business in the last 5, 10, 15 years, and understand that Life Care has changed in that time, too. Our most recent state survey was excellent.
Grandma

Johnson City, TN

#14 Apr 17, 2010
My grandma died several years ago at this nursing home. She was 95. She had a stroke, come to live with my parents five years prior, I helped my mother take full care of her daily. She was kept clean every day bathed, clean clothes and kept involved and no bed sores nor broken places. My mother got down in her back to the point she couldn't care at night for grandma so sadly, grandma went to Life Care. Lots of nice fluff met us at the door, lots of good talk and I mean talk. All these great things would take place and be done for my precious grandma for her care. BS... the very next day I myself went in and found her laying wet, cold, in a bed flat, no glasses on, no diaper, laying on a wet mat. A table had been pulled up to her breast area with her food tray left on it. She had tried with one arm to get her coffee and spilled it down her face and the coffee stood in her hollow collar bone. I asked the women taking care of her to clean her up and they didn't have time and one said it wasn't her hall. I bathed her and dressed her and cried every minute doing it. She died less then two months after entering that place and the care was far less thyou would want for your parent, grandparent, loved one.You sure won't get my parents.
Grandma

Johnson City, TN

#15 Apr 17, 2010
I'm sorry, I forgot to add this. I do not work there, I have never worked there, yes, during the short near two months, I did find a few very nice ladies that did have a love for their job, not the pay appearantly, that did talk lovingly to the elderly, seemed eager to do anything they could to help them, but on the flip side of that, I found far more employees that didn't give a flip about the patients and could care less attitude what condition they were in. yes, I found also that the nurses didn't care enough to come out from behind their desk to help or check something out but the CNAs were working feverishly to cover the work loads. I'm sure an ex employee would have bad things to say good way to find out what's going on behind the scenes. I'm also sure that someone who works there would certainly jump on the band wagon and try to campaign for the place but to no avail. Yes, death is sure to come at some point in all life, but to entrust your loved one to a place and watch them slide downhill instantly and be neglected and mistreated and disregarded by those entrusted and paid to provide care is a great injustice.If you find no other way then to place a loved one in a home, wherever, be there, go see them, know what's going on every day or else you would be heart broken to find out as my mother, father and I were.
still grieving

Elizabethton, TN

#16 Apr 18, 2010
I probably know who you are but it don't make any difference there is very little that has changed sense the 90's , and by the way I was there every day except for the day my dad died. They failed to call and tell me he was sick at 12 and all they gave him was something to calm his stomach. If they had called like they should have I would have left work and been there in 10 minutes and at least he wouldn't have died by himself. There is some of the staff that are good and some not. I do know that Dr. Clark lied about calling me or my sister. Like I said if it had been my choice he would have never been put there to start with, and if it had been my choice I would have filed a lawsuit againist them that would have made this one look very small because we had all the evidence on record that we needed plus more. It would have not been for the money because that wouldn't have brought my dad back but to make the nursing homes clean up their act.
Earl Wiggins

Johnson City, TN

#17 Apr 18, 2010
I was talking about the large award. This is covered by insurance. I do not know their financial condition. I have never seen a profit and loss statement. I do know that all businesses are struggling now. I am sorry for your loss and I do know you are grieving now just as I would be had it happened to me.
Ashley

Kingsport, TN

#18 Apr 18, 2010
This is for the one "WORK THERE" that posted negative comments about me!This is Ashley. Honey you need to know what your talking about before you speak! I didn't get fired. I quit because I got a office job with my father in law where I didn't have to kill my back. I just didn't recently get "fired" either. I have been gone from that place for over 2 years. EVERYTHING I said about that place was the TRUTH!!! Things have changed! Go in there and try to walk a day in those CNA'S Shoes. Its not easy. It takes the entire building to work as a team for that place to be good. CNA's Can't do it all. For anyone that goes in that building now, they can tell who works and who sets behind a desk! Actually when I when i QUIT there the state survey wasn't excelent they got fines several thousands and had many IJ tags. Next time you wanna speak negative make sure you know who you are talking about!
Ashley

Kingsport, TN

#19 Apr 18, 2010
Actualy you dont have to believe me since I'm just a disgruntled ex employee as some say. Go to TN Health Dept for yourself and you can see the survey!
Hmmm

Farmville, VA

#20 Apr 18, 2010
I have worked in nursing homes my whole life. I haven't seen a perfect one yet. There is too much turn around in the employees, too many lazy people with LPN, or RN behind their names that think it entitles them to sit behind a desk all day and do nothing. Being a CNA was the hardest, most thankless job I ever had. And also, the most rewarding. Good care is hard to come by. Unfortunately, my good patient care was ignored.

Maybe the care would improve if the CNA's were treated like actual, real live people instead of lowly ass wipers.

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