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Subject Matter: DYING WITH DIGNITY: A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
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 DYING WITH DIGNITY: A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
by: Regina A Casey, Esq.

My mother, who has lived in an Assisted Living Facility for the last five years, recently died at the age of 91. Watching my mother go through the dying process gave me a better understanding of some of the challenges the long term care industry faces when
assisting families through the death of a parent. I want to share some of my observations with our readers in the hope it may be of some value to those of you who assist residents and their family through the dying process. As an attorney who has represented health care providers over the past 25 years, I have been called upon to defend many wrongful death cases in which families claim their loved one died due to neglect or abuse. Most of the time, what Plaintiffs claim is a result of poor care is simply the normal changes that occur when a person is at the end of life. For example, a common allegation raised in a Complaint is that the nursing staff failed to provide adequate hydration and nutrition resulting in weight loss, dehydration
and malnutrition. A plaintiff’s attorney will argue the patient was not fed because the facility had an insufficient number of staff to assist with feeding. The food was not palatable as it was allowed to get cold. The water pitcher was not in reach and fluids were not offered.  SEE THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT ATTACHED


Document Author: Regina A Casey Esq.
Firm/Company: Wroten & Associates
Document Date: March 2012
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