November 22nd 2018
A nursing home in southwestern Japan that has just one caregiver on duty at night to look after 33 residents denied any mismanagement of the facility Wednesday after six people died in just over a month.
The operator of the nursing home Kaze no Mai in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, held a press conference and said the deceased mostly died of old age or a pre-existing disease.
The six residents, all aged 85 or older, died between October and mid-November. The operator of the care home has been the only one on duty at night since September after eight caregivers quit because of workplace conflicts.
Of the six residents, four died in a period of three days, but the facility operator said they were all seriously ill at the time.
A doctor was available 24 hours a day and all the residents had been receiving sufficient medical care, the operator said.
There is no regulation as to how many caregivers a nursing home should have, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.