Facility Cited in Death of Alzheimer’s Patient
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has cited Four Winds Lodge for failure to check on a 93-year-old resident who died of hypothermia last March. The citation was for failing to provide adequate supervision.
Edna Biederman, who suffered from Alzheimers, was not issued an alarm bracelet after displaying exit-seeking behavior three days before her death. A resident assistant said she checked on Biederman at 1 a.m. but not at 2 a.m. or 4 a.m. According to the facility’s administrator, staff were to check on the residents every two hours.
Biederman was found dead by staff outside of an emergency exit at 8 a.m.
Three days before Biedermans death staff observed her walking towards the doors with her purse saying she was going home, but a manager said she didn’t leave.
State inspectors called the incident exit-seeking behavior and noted the staff didn’t record the incident in Biedermans file.
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