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Nursing Home Negligence Alleged

Oct 1, 2004 | Milwaukee Freeman Newspapers

A lawsuit against a Waukesha nursing home alleges its workers neglected a resident to the point he developed pressure ulcers, was left in his own waste and needed surgery to remove part of an infected bone.

The suit, filed Wednesday, alleges Edward Raspor entered The Waters of Westmoreland nursing home March 22, 2002, without pressure ulcers, did not have any June 20, 2002, during a health check but was found July 27, 2002, with several of them on his buttocks, tailbone and heel.

Raspor went to Elmbrook Memorial Hospital on Oct. 8, 2002, where he underwent surgery to excise an ulcer and to remove an infected portion of bone, the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit alleges Raspor suffered his injuries because nursing home staff failed to do several things, including reposition him in his bed, attend to his bathroom needs, provide adequate bathing after incontinent episodes and change his bedding.

Raspor never returned to the nursing home after his hospital visit, said his lawyer. He now lives in a veterans' home near his wife, Beverly Raspor's, residence in Plover, Rymer said.

The Waters of Westmoreland no longer exists. Waukesha Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center operates in the same building, and its administrator, Kathryn Cavers, said the current ownership group had nothing to do with resident care in 2002.

The lawsuit names Waukesha Springs and Cavers, specifically, as defendants. She disagreed with that assessment, saying Waukesha Springs' owners, Minnesota-based Legacy Senior Services, did not take control of the facility until January 2003.

"Obviously, this is something that happened under the previous ownership and management," Cavers said.

When Legacy bought the building and opened Waukesha Springs, changes were made to provide better care than previous owners, she said.

"The thing that really becomes kind of upsetting to me at this point in time is we really have done a lot to change and put out a good reputation in the community," Cavers said.


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