Older people in hospitals are at risk of constipation, and the hospital nursing staffs are often understaffed and poorly managed due to incompetence, negligence, and the Hospital’s philosophy of putting ‘Profits before People’. Failure to treat the condition can lead to increased morbidity and even death, which is exactly what happened to Dorothy Valdez, at Dignity Health’s Mercy San Juan Hospital on April 2, 2012
Thanks to 20th-century advances in public health and medicine, a majority of Americans now live into elderhood, and many of them need increased medical care.
But, remarkably, hospitals aren’t designed with elders in mind. Walk through any hospital, and you’ll almost invariably find cheerful decor for children, services and facilities aimed at adults, and a gauntlet of obstacles and insults to elders.
It means a one-size-fits-all approach to both facilities and care that doesn’t acknowledge that the needs, preferences, and realities of a 75 to 95-year-old patients, with medical conditions, might differ from those of a 35 to 55-year-old with the same thing.
It’s the rare industry that doesn’t target and cater to its best customers. Health care not only fails to cater to elders, it fosters system-wide injustice by failing to apply the same standards to elderhood that it applies to childhood and adulthood.
Just as children’s hospitals have been shown to save and better the lives of children, hospital wards, services, and emergency departments aimed at elders improve their care and lives when compared to adult-centric facilities.
Dignity Health’s Mercy San Juan Hospital in Sacramento chose not to provide the hands-on patient care and the nursing assessments necessary to address Dorothy Valdez’s health and safety, after she and her adult children kept complaining and pleading to the staff, that their mother had been constipated for 19 days after her admittance, and no one was helping her.
She died in horrible pain …… Just 19 days after being admitted to Dignity Health.
IN THIS INSIDER EXCLUSIVE, “Justice in America” NETWORK TV SPECIAL, “DIGNITY HEALTH & Dorothy Valdez’s Death”, we visit with Lesley Clement @ the Clement Law Group and Cynthia Baker, Dorothy Valdez’s daughter.
As we take you inside today’s legal system, examining Lesley’s strategies, and her client’s thoughts, and in vivid detail…. showing you the often-heartbreaking stories of cases like her client…. Dorothy Valdez, who Lesley successfully settled for a record amount.
These victims could be you or me one day…. And if you are so unlucky… you will quickly find out that Justice in America is a hard-won battle, where very few Insurance Companies, Doctors, Nurses and Hospitals ever…. “Do the Right Thing” …and you need experienced and passionate trial lawyers, like Lesley Clement, who wage these battles with their own financial resources to get their clients justice.
She believes that elders within our community deserve the utmost respect and that any individual who brings harm to an elderly person should be held accountable. She uses the civil court system to ensure the rights of the elderly are protected and that their abusers are held accountable for their wrongdoing. She sees it her mission to fight for people who had been harmed by the willful or negligent actions of others.
Lesley has built a substantial reputation by consistently winning cases other law firms have turned down. And her amazing courtroom skills and headline grabbing success rate continue to provide her clients with the results they need……And the results they deserve.
You can get more information about Lesley Clement and the Clement Law Group @ https://www.elderabuseadvocates.com/ 916 444 9323