A North Carolina nursing home could face $50,000 in fines after a resident with Alzheimer’s disease fell from a loading dock and died. It was reported last month that state health officials have recommended the maximum penalty for Five Oaks Manor in Concord for failing to protect a resident who was 87 years old. Officials said the woman went unnoticed as she wandered through several doors, a kitchen, and onto an unlit loading dock December 18th. She fell about four feet.
The State Department of Health and Human Services suggests the nursing home be fined $10,000 a day for the five days between the resident’s fall and when repairs were completed. Repairs included an alarm system and fence around the dock. A final decision will come from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Source: Associated Press
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