Woman alleges elder abuse at DC long-term care facility

An investigation is now underway at Bridgepoint Continued Care Hospital.

WASHINGTON DC, DC – An investigation is underway into accused elder abuse at Bridgepoint Continued Care Hospital – National Harborside. A woman tells WUSA9 that her 74-year-old mother has been left in the dirt and covered in bedsores at the facility.

“I plead for my mother. I love my mother,” said Valerie Cook.

The photos and video are hard to look at. A desperate Valerie Cook took cellphone evidence from her 74-year-old mother Lathan Ruth Langley with dirt under her fingernails, matted hair and feet with severe cracks and open sores on her toes. Cook said her mother’s condition has only worsened since she was admitted to Bridgepoint National Harborside on MLK Avenue, SW in 2016 after suffering a stroke. She said her mother had recently lost almost 20 pounds in one month.

“CNAs” [certified nursing assistants] most recently told my family, as well as myself, that they wouldn’t feed her because she knows how to feed herself,” she recalls.

Cook said she has tried to work with the nursing staff, transfer her mother and even reached out to various city services, but received little help.

“I mean, dirty clothes that were so sharp that the newly evicted clerk had to close the drawer quickly because the smell and flies were just coming up,” she said, “I’ve also seen mice and feces in her room.”

WUSA9 has learned that DC Health has cited the facility for numerous health code violations, writing in a 2021 report that “the facility’s staff have not provided the housekeeping services necessary to maintain a safe, clean and comfortable environment.” preserve.”

Those surprising inspections also found that patients were “left in urine-filled undergarments.”

According to the report, a patient referring to a nursing assistant told inspectors, “She sometimes forgets to feed me.”

WUSA9 reached to Bridgepoint. CEO Reggie Lee sent us this statement:

“We are saddened to hear such a complaint as we strive to provide the best care for those who have entrusted us with their loved one. We are currently investigating the specific complaints of the resident’s family. However, due to privacy concerns, we are unable to provide further information about the care of this resident. Our Nursing Home Administrator, Director of Patient Experience and Director of Quality Management have worked diligently to address issues that residents or families may bring to our attention. In addition, we take Health Code violations seriously and present detailed plans for correction to those agencies that may find a flawed practice. Our 300+ dedicated healthcare heroes wake up every day ready to provide care and assistance to those in need. We are proud of our staff and their willingness to work in difficult conditions due to the public health emergency.”

Cook said she would like to see more staff hired and more training provided to take care of those who don’t have a lawyer to fight for them.

“What about the individuals who need rehabilitation at any age, but especially the seniors, it’s totally destitute. It’s like being pushed aside,” Cook said, “It’s ridiculous. This is the capital of the country. This shouldn’t be happening here.”

RELATED: ‘Huge number of cases spreading’: Nursing homes see rise in COVID-19 cases as calls for help grow

RELATED: ‘Superbug’ Mold Spread in DC Nursing Home, Health Officials Say

WUSA9 is now on Roku and Amazon Fire TVs. Download the apps today for live news broadcasts and video on demand.

Download the WUSA9 app to have the latest news, weather and important stories at your fingertips.

Sign up for the Get Up DC newsletter: Your forecast. Your commute. Your news.

Sign up for the Capitol Breach email newsletter, featuring the latest news and an overview of the investigation into the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021.

Leave a Comment