Nursing Homes Suck
Police are investigating the death of a mentally disabled resident of a nursing home in Kwun Tong after hospital staff found foreign objects in his anus, including gauze, diaper tape and cotton pads. The 60-year-old patient was sent to United Christian Hospital on January 31 after experiencing vomiting, diarrhea and shortness of breath. After hearing what hospital staff had found, the family called the police right before the patient died of pneumonia. The patient’s brother alleged that staff at the nursing home had been irritated by his incontinence and tried to prevent it. The nursing home denied abuse, claiming that the man would have reacted strongly if harrassed. It also asserted that no staff knew how to insert objects in this manner. The man’s sister-in-law said it was physically impossible for the objects to have been self-inserted since the man was paralyzed on the right side of the body, while his left hand could barely reach his own face. Our take: Now that’s an undignified way to go.