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The family of a woman who died from complications of bedsores has filed a million-dollar bed sores lawsuit against Bishop’s Care Home. According to reports, the victim Marie Giordano died while a resident at the senior care residential care home. She was 77 years old.
Operator Charged with Abuse
Jovita Bishop, the former operator of the home, was charged with elder abuse in connection with Giordano’s death and sentenced to six months in jail. Bishop will report to jail on June 1, though the Press Democrat reports she may be eligible for work release, electronic monitoring, or other alternatives to incarceration. Though Bishop potentially was facing a prison term, she reached a plea agreement that instead allowed her time to be served in jail.
Bishop will be required to serve three years of probation, and will not be able to work at nursing home, senior facility or take part in the care of elderly individuals.
The victim’s family was paying nearly $5,000 a month for their mother to reside there, but the home allowed her bedsores to progress to dangerous and deadly wounds. Bedsores can cause potentially fatal injuries. In fact, more than 2 million people are diagnosed with bedsores each year. Sadly, six people die every hour of every day from complications of bedsores.
Late-Stage Bedsores Should Never Happen
While early-stage bedsores are not typically an indication of neglect or abuse, late-stage bedsores are never-events meaning they are injuries that should never occur in a healthcare setting. In fact, the federal government has established guidelines that must be followed by caregivers, or they may be held responsible for the patient’s injuries.
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