Wrongful death suit alleges nursing home patient suffered from malnutrition, dehydration

The family of a nursing home patient claims she died as a result of negligent care, causing severe malnutrition and dehydration.

Paula Golliday, as Special Representative of the Estate of and Special Administrator for Ida Mae Brown, deceased, filed a complaint on Oct. 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Helia Southbelt Healthcare LLC, doing business as Four Fountains, and others, alleging wrongful death and other claims.

According to the plaintiff’s complaint, her mother, Ida Brown, was a resident of Four Fountains long term care facility in Belleville from Aug. 10, 2018, through Oct. 31, 2021. She claims that while under the care of the facility, her mother suffered significant weight loss from malnutrition, dehydration and bed sores, which she alleges led to Brown’s death.

Golliday alleges the defendants negligently failed to make sure her mother received a therapeutic diet after having nutritional problems, failed to have an adequate amount of staff or have properly trained individuals to provide care and treatment of her mother. She also alleges the defendants failed to monitor and have interventions to prevent her mother’s injuries.

The plaintiff seeks monetary relief of more than $50,000, interest, trial by jury and all other just relief.

This article was first published in Madison Record.

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