‘Gross Neglect’ at Itasca Nursing Home Results in Mother’s Death
Posted on February 27th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
Weeks after a fatally injured mother’s family began their investigation, the circumstances surrounding their mother’s death have finally begun to be revealed.
The night their mother died, an employee at the Itaca nursing home heard a door alarm sound down the hall. Seeing nothing by the door, she simply shut off the alarm and continued watching television. If she had followed the home’s official written policy concerning alarms, she would have walked the 90 feet to the door and discovered the victim standing alone outside in the courtyard. Instead, the mother froze to death.
Earlier this month, the woman’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging “gross neglect” against Itasca’s staff for failing to monitor an elderly dementia patient and follow official safety policy. According to police statements, only an extreme level of nursing home neglect would allow a patient who wore an ankle monitor and could barely get up on her own to walk out an alarmed door unattended.
To make matters worse, the family’s investigation also uncovered evidence that the staff attempted to cover up her death by putting the victim back into bed and changing her clothes. Currently, up to four employees could face criminal charges and even more are suspended from duty.
According to the Illinois Department of Health, more than 14 complaints were filed against Itasca nursing home last year.
When admitting your loved one into a nursing home, you assume the facility will provide care and attention they say they will. So, when you find out that your loved one has been harmed, injured, or abused, you should not hesitate to file a complaint. The St Louis nursing home abuse attorneys at Page Cagle are familiar with adult protective services and can lead you through the legal process. Call Zane T. Cagle at (314) 276-1681 for your free consultation today.