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Resident dies after falling down stairs

Published on May 2nd, 2009

Brenham Banner-press had an article about the recent death of a nursing home resident who was not being properly supervised.  This is clear cut negligence and neglect but the article uses vague words to express a fatalistic attitude about the ability of staff to prevent accidents like this one.

An 86-year old man, reportedly suffering from dementia, rolled down a short flight of stairs in his wheelchair at Kruse Village retirement home here, suffering fatal injuries.  A resident died after the facility failed to protect him and allowed to fall down the stairs

The man was somehow able to leave the oversight of the nursing home attendants and go through at least one security door, eventually getting to the area where he suffered his injuries.  Somehow?  The facility failed to protect and supervise a demented resident and allowed him access to the stairs!

Because the man died from other than natural causes, his death is being investigated by police, who are saying unofficially that the death was almost surely an accident.  Accident?  So now negligent supervision and short staffing is an "accident".

Police say there is a very narrow timeline between the last time the wheelchair-bound man was seen by attendants and his time of death — 20 minutes or less.  How did they determine that?  From the nurses who failed this man and might get fired if they tell the truth?

They also say the alarm system Kruse Village uses to let them know if a patient has left a certain area was working and did perform as it was supposed to.  How did it work like it was supposed to if the man was able to go through without being noticed?

 

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