Massachusetts Woman Sues Nursing Home Where She Worked

December 23, 2009

A Northampton woman claims in a lawsuit filed against the Holyoke nursing home where she worked for three years that she was fired for complaining about improper treatment of patients.

Joan Johnson is seeking $56,000 in damages from the companies that manage and staff Renaissance Manor at Cabot, according to documents filed last week in Hampshire Superior Court.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Johnson claims she was fired in June because she had complained to superiors that a patient with a serious bacterial infection was allowed to use another patient’s walker.

Johnson alleges she and another employee had raised concerns that patients were being left too long in soiled beds and not being cared for properly while walking, leading to falls.

Nursing home officials declined to comment.

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Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette,

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