89 Year-Old Resident Freezes To Death In Nursing Home Courtyard

The family of an 89 year-old nursing home resident has filed a lawsuit accusing an Illnois nursing home of failing to provide adequate supervision of their mother, resulting in her untimely death.

The resident was found outside of the nursing home facility in a nightgown. She was wearing an ankle bracelet that should have triggered an alarm when she went through an exit door. She froze to death in the facility’s courtyard. The resident suffered from dementia and the family indicated that she was so weak that she could not even get dressed on her own.

Residents with dementia require a higher level of supervision. Care plans should be implemented by the nursing home to ensure that residents with dementia are monitored regularly and that appropriate safeguards are utilized. At Gallivan & Gallivan, we are committed to protecting the rights of the elderly, our most vulnerable citizens. If you or a loved one was the victim of the neglect of a New York nursing home, please contact us for a free consultation.

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Family sues Itasca nursing home over cold-related death of woman, 89, Chicago Tribune, Robert Mitchum, February 12, 2009.

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