A family wants answers after they claimed their 94-year-old loved one died of neglect just months after moving to a Texas nursing home.
According to local news sources, Consepcion De La Garza was healthy and sharp when she was moved to the Buena Vida nursing home in San Antonio. But just weeks after she had settled into her new residence, her personality changed and she began losing weight and complaining about back pain.
When the woman died, months after her arrival at the adult care facility, her family discovered from the death report that their loved one had died of sepsis – a bacterial infection that was likely caused by an untreated bedsore.
After learning the cause of death, her son Luis Fonseca started putting the puzzle pieces together concerning his mother’s rapid decline and passing. He said that his mother was often given meals but did not receive the help she needed to eat. At the same time, a bed sore on her backside was open, infected, and down to the bone at the time of her death. Mold was found under her breasts, a sign that she was not being bathed often or not being bathed properly. At one point, a relative saw a nursing home staff member talking on the cell phone while trying to maneuver De La Garza at the same time.
Buena Vida declined to discuss the Texas nursing home neglect case due to HIPPA and the ongoing investigation. However, Texas has given the nursing home a 50/100 rating – significantly lower than average.