Wandering Leads to a Lowered Rating at One Assisted Living Facility
Ratings have been updated for an assisted living home where two patients wandered away earlier this year.
In September a resident wandered from the facility, marking the second incident in one year at the home. The resident was found safe after a search involving hundreds of people and lasting over 24 hours.
Previously, in February a resident wandered away, fell into a ravine a few blocks from the retirement home and died of a severe head injury. Police said there was no evidence of foul play.
Despite those incidents, the home was given three out of four stars by the state.
The rating was updated Oct. 12 for the facilities three residences. Two of the facilities residences received just one star; a third has zero stars.
An employee, with the Department of Health & Human Services’ Adult Care Licensing, said the rating system is a tool for families. It shows an annual inspection snapshot of the facility, and it can take weeks to update ratings after an investigation is completed. For more, read the story.
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Posted on Thu, October 22, 2009
by Kristie Pierce