- Posted March 11, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Vitas Killed my Mother
My mother had some dementia. She had behavior issues after her husband died in September. In October VITAS accepted her as a patient even though she did not have an end stage disease. They accepted her for managing her behavior problems. She lived in assisted living but more independent. I saw her the month before they killed her. I knew her functionality and her cognition. The first night they stayed with her a nurse gave her morphine. Nothing documented about why they gave her morphine because again she had nothing to warrant morphine. No dosage documented. No document found to acknowledge what was given and what was wasted. No call from the nurse who was with her. Received a call asking about who her funeral home was. Documents given were incomplete. I reported this event to the health department who evaluated them and stated they were not out of compliance. Lots of time for VITAS to cover up their tracks. I deserve an explanation. My mother didn’t deserve to be killed. VITAS did not have a right to kill her. She wasn’t sick, she wasn’t in pain. No answers to any of my questions. I have spoken to the manager and the administrator. She was living in Sanford in an assisted living community. I need someone to help. I live in Connecticut and I am a registered nurse. I know fraud when I see it and I know wrongful death and this is both. The Health Department needs to investigate the right way and not be afraid of their power. For all those people who have been killed by them and has no one to question I speak volumes for them. I am sure I am not alone. Please call me or e mail me I want a thorough investigation to why they are allowed to do this. Why didn’t the nurse ever call me when she died? Why did they state in her records expected outcome “death”. That was not our expected outcome. We wanted her medicated to manage her behaviors because we were looking into a memory care unit and no unit would take her while she was taking her clothes off when she returned to her room. Med techs manage the assisted living units in Florida, there were no nurses to manage her behaviors except for VITAS who quite willing took her onto service to manage these behaviors. It was not our expectation that the first night they were with her that they would kill her. I want some answers. Where is your documentation? Why can’t you find it? Isn’t morphine a federally regulated medication?
I hope this letter ruffles some feathers and VITAS is accountable for murdering an innocent elderly lady who trusted them as they shoved morphine down her throat.
Sharon Gauthier RN/MSN