A $10,000 fine levied against a skilled nursing facility that allowed a suicidal resident to leave the building and then kill himself will stand, a federal appeals court has ruled.
A federal appeals court has upheld a $10,000 fine against a skilled nursing facility for leaving a suicidal patient unattended. The court said that it was "reasonably foreseeable" that allowing the agitated and injured patient to leave the facility unattended was justification for the fine.
Authorities were searching for a motive Tuesday after a licensed practical nurse at a long-term care facility in Pennsylvania apparently shot and killed a resident and then turned the gun on herself.
Caregivers in long-term care facilities should screen residents using a suicide risk tool, according to a June 17 report in Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging.
Caregivers in long-term care facilities should screen residents using a suicide risk assessment tool in order to undertake appropriate interventions, according to experts in geriatric psychology and psychiatry.
A new study of seniors in long-term care facilities in Italy found that seniors in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities are more likely to commit suicide than their community-dwelling counterparts.