Two top executives at the Iberville Oaks nursing home in Plaquemine, Louisiana are no longer employed by the facility after multiple reports of nursing home neglect. The home had been the subject of 37 previous complaints since 2015, but an investigative report by a local news station brought renewed interest and spurred additional complaints being filed with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office.
According to station WBRZ, complaints of nursing home neglect have included a report by a patient who indicated that “she started to blow a whistle so that a nurse can hear and come to her aid when needed…. she can hear the nurses laughing and joking about the whistle being blown and refuses to bring medication.” The facility, once named Plaquemine Manor, is now the subject of multiple investigations by both the Louisiana Department of Health and the local sheriff.
Residents Recount Examples of Nursing Home Neglect
A review of the nursing home neglect complaints received by the sheriff’s office shows a significant staff shortage that has resulted in patients going unmedicated for an extensive period of time and sitting in their own vomit without staff members responding to calls for help. In the latter case, the affected patient had no choice but to call 911 and ask for assistance: this resulted in a remarkable conversation documented between the emergency dispatcher and a sheriff’s office employee:
DISPATCHER: Can ya’ll send a unit over to Iberville Oaks? We have a patient call said he needed to speak with a nurse. I’ve called every number for them, and no one is answering.
SHERIFF’S OFFICE: They said they were trying to get in touch with a nurse?
DISPATCHER: Yes, but I can’t get in touch with anyone at the facility.
Speaking of the incident, Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said that when residents need to call emergency services from inside a nursing home, the level of neglect may have reached the point of criminal charges being filed.