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Facility blames resident

Published on March 21st, 2010

The Daily Comet ran a story about how a wheelchair-bound 93-year-old nursing-home resident got outside on a frigid night.  Man’s family doubts he left nursing home on his own. His family maintains that nursing-home employees erred by not noticing his room was empty.   Two employees at Lafourche Home for the Aged and Infirm were fired in the aftermath of a Jan. 10 incident in which authorities found resident Etienne Adams outside in sub-freezing temperatures.  Adams was outside for several hours. He has not fully recovered and has been moved to another facility.

Adams’ granddaughter, Jeri Lynn Fields, said that the two employees who worked the shift before he was discovered, should be fired, because Adams went missing while they were working.

Authorities are investigating the incident, but have not released their findings. Police estimate Adams, discovered at 1 a.m., had been outdoors for up to four hours based on his body temperature. He could have been outdoors as early as 9 p.m., they said.

The facility claims that Adams wheeled himself out of his room, down the hall and outside withoout being noticed by staff.   His family maintains that he’s physically incapable of doing so. The nursing home now locks its front and back doors at 8 p.m. and reopens them at 7 each morning.

 

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