Yet another story makes the news involving a nursing home where a CNA staff member, while using a mechanical lift, drops a resident resulting in a serious head injury. During the Department of Health & Human Services’ investigation, it was discovered that the CNA was never trained on the proper use of a mechanical lift. When the CNA was asked if she had training to use the mechanical lift1, she said: “No.” Worse, when other staff were asked if they had received training on how to properly use a mechanical lift to transfer residents, they too had not received any training.

This most recent news stories only highlights an epidemic in the long-term care industry: the failure to train staff and the corresponding consequences of injuries and death in our elderly. Dropping a resident from mechanical lifts usually result in fatal injuries (subdural hematoma, hip fractures, etc.)

To read the full HHS report of the most recent nursing home, please visit:

Wendy York and the team at York Law Firm have been handling drops from mechanical lifts as a part of their elder abuse practice for almost 20 years. If you believe your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted living facility, please call our office so that we can investigate your case at 916-643-2200. We are dedicated to representing elders and dependent adults who have been injured, neglected or abused.

1A mechanical lift is a device used to lift residents during bed transfers. The resident is often suspended in mid-air. It is important to ensure staff are properly trained on the use and maintenance of a mechanical lift.