July 10, 2013
A Montgomery, Alabama nursing home was forced to permanently close after a resident went missing and wasn’t noticed to be missing until family complaints. Negligent care is a form of nursing home abuse and can result not only in substantial fines, but an indefinite closing of the facility.
According to Dr. Walter Geary of the Alabama Department of Public Health Provider Standards, a male resident of the Cedar Hills Assisted Living facility snuck out of his bedroom window in June and then found a ride to the home of family members in the nearby town of Verdana. However, it was only after the resident’s family members reported that he was at their home in Verdana that staff members at the nursing home noticed that he was missing.
Following the incident, Cedar Hills was placed on watch by the Department of Health, and Dr. Geary, along with a team of inspectors, observed the facility over the course of a weekend. The following Monday, an emergency suspension was placed on the nursing home, and its 50 residents had to be relocated. Per Geary, there were other infractions observed during the weekend watch:
“ There are specific regulations the facility has to comply with. We went into the facility to investigate and we found that the employees were not paying attention to their residents as they should be,” Geary said.
Fortunately, with the help of other area nursing homes, the residents at Cedar Hills found new homes within 48 hours.
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