Death of Special Olympics Athlete Reveals Abuse in State-Run Home
The state-run nursing home where Julio Montes lived should have been a place of comfort, security, and care. His family now says it was a place of abuse, neglect, and apathy. Julio died on December 4, 2015. He was taken off life support following multiple surgeries and after spending weeks in a coma. On November 22, Julio was returning to the nursing home in the group home’s van after a Special Olympics bowling competition. He was involved in a fight with one of the other patients, sustaining severe injuries to his face, chest, and head. The staff of Desert Regional Center knew Julio had a blood disorder and shunt in his brain. These conditions put him at high risk of blood clots. Despite that knowledge, the nursing staff failed to contact a doctor or even supervisor about the fight or Julio’s injuries.
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Nursing home staff ignored Julio Montes
Julio was experiencing severe nausea and vomiting, but the nursing staff did not consider his condition serious and did not monitor him overnight. He was taken to the hospital the following day when he was found unresponsive. There, the doctors discovered he had bleeding on his brain. ABC affiliate 13 Action News reports other ways the nursing home failed to provide proper care for Julio:
- The nursing home staff in the van failed to stop the fight between Julio and a fellow patient.
- The nursing staff did not give proper attention to his injuries and failed to notice the severity of his condition.
- One staff member saw Julio lying on the floor instead of his bed on the night of the fight, but did not notify a nurse.
- The bed check form for Julio was falsified.
Investigation into nursing home abuse
The coroner’s office determined that Julio died of blunt force trauma to his head and ruled his death a homicide. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s abuse and neglect division is investigating and will report their findings to the district attorney. Records show Desert Regional Center has been cited numerous times by the state for issues of neglect and abuse.
Unfortunately, the abuse and neglect of many nursing home residents in Clark County and across Nevada goes unnoticed. A Las Vegas nursing home abuse attorney can advise family members of nursing home residents about their rights and the best legal course of action if they suspect abuse or insufficient care. Nursing home residents are vulnerable to physical assault, financial fraud, and identity theft. Family members should take immediate action if they suspect wrongdoing.