Iowa Nursing Home is Subject of Lawsuits
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Apr 27, 2015 in Nursing Home Abuse
Family members of two different elderly women have filed suit against Presbyterian Village, a nursing home, WCFCourier.com reported this month.
Both lawsuits allege that inadequate care from the Ackley, Iowa, facility led to the women being seriously injured there and then dying as a result of those injuries, the news website noted.
One of the lawsuits involves a 96-year-old resident who left the Alzheimers unit and was found outside in the ice and snow several hours later, the site wrote, adding that she was alleged to have left through several open or unlocked doors.
Patients with Alzheimers disease have a tendency to wander into unsafe areas, according to a research paper by Marie Boltz, an associate professor at the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing.
A person who wanders is at risk for elopement, the act of leaving a safe area unsupervised and unnoticed and entering into harms way, Boltz says in her paper.
She adds that a person who wanders in a nursing home needs a lot of supervision.
In another research paper, several geriatric care specialists recommend that staff members at long-term care facilities prevent wandering by being attentive to the physical, social, and emotional needs of the at-risk resident.
Last year, the former medical director of Presbyterian Village wrote a letter showing concern about the staffing levels and the quality of the care at the nursing home, according to WCFCourier.com.
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