A son began to think twice about having his elderly father live in a nursing home when he learned his dad had left the building on his own.
According to KARK-TV, the elderly man walked out of the Capital Health and Rehabilitation Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, with nobody watching — not once, but twice. And nobody even realized he was gone both times.
The first time he made his escape, a visitor let him out. He ended up outside under a nearby tree. The second time, he made it all the way to a restaurant close to the nursing home before being found by the son.
Wanting to keep his father safe, the son requested his dad be transferred to another nursing home.
As it turns out, lack of supervision wasn’t the only problem plaguing the residents at Capital Health and Rehabilitation Center.
A report from the Department of Health and Human Services revealed that maggots were also found inside the nursing home, some even found on the residents themselves.
According to KARK-TV, maggots were found crawling around inside a man’s indwelling catheter. According to the report, nurses said of the incident:
“The maggots were, like, going inside his penis. It’s just gross. Nasty. I’m not going to say it was a handful, but it was a lot. They were little.”
The maggots caused a urinary tract infection in the helpless man, who was completely dependent on others and could not do anything to protect himself from the maggots invading his body.
The report stated that the nursing home:
Failed to ensure necessary care and services were provided for hygiene and urinary catheter maintenance.
In addition to maggots, nurses said the home, and in particular the man’s room, had been overtaken by flies. But they didn’t seem concerned that they were in the man’s bed with him. According to the report, they said:
“The flies were real bad down there. We had fly swatters. I have killed a couple of flies in his room and one was under the covers. But I didn’t think anything about that.”
As a result of these incidents, the Department of Health and Human Services gave the Capital Health and Rehabilitation Center the worst rating a nursing home could receive because of:
“The level of Immediate Jeopardy, which caused or could have caused serious harm, injury or death.”
Sadly, the disturbing details of what was taking place inside the nursing home doesn’t end with Capital Health and Rehabilitation Center.
The abuse and neglect happening in nursing homes has become a widespread problem in the United States, and the majority of the problems go unreported, according to NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org. According to its studies, close to one out of every 10 elderly individuals experience some form of abuse.
Over 2 million cases of elderly abuse are reported every year, while people who work closely with the elderly say the majority of abuse incidents remain unreported. According to NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org:
- More than half of all Certified Nursing Assistants in elder care facilities have admitted verbally abusing, yelling at, and using foul language with elderly residents of care facilities.
- Over 40 percent of nursing home residents have reported abuse, and more than 90 percent report that they or another resident of the facility have faced neglect.
- Nearly 10 percent of those homes had violations that posed a risk of serious injury or death, or that did cause deaths of elderly residents.
Capital Health and Rehabilitation Center’s corporate owner, Skyline Highland Holdings, declined to comment on the incident. The corporation owns several other entities that own or manages nursing facilities in the state of Arkansas and beyond, totaling 21 homes throughout the country.
See more about the home’s lack of care below.