LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An early morning death. A late night call from a whistleblower. And a daughter who alleges her mother’s death was covered up by the nursing home hired to care for her. In this KARK exclusive, Working 4 You delves into the death of Clara Hoyt, the laws on what nursing homes are required to report and who is held accountable when facilities aim to keep families in the dark on suspected neglect that leads to death.
According to records we obtained, Pleasant Valley did conduct an investigation after Hoyt’s death. In those records, one of the nurses alleges Hoyt’s head was between the mattress and bed rail, another claimed she wasn’t wedged at all. Photos of at least one staff member showing how he found Hoyt does show his chin resting on the rail, her head between, laying on the mattress.
In order to prevent any further accidents, the nursing home claimed it was evaluating bed rail use for clients and making sure there were no hazards. They also wrote that an in-service training had begun.
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