A lawsuit has been filed by the family of Sarah Wentworth. It’s alleged that the nursing home resident was too frail to get out of bed or change her clothes without assistance. The 89-year-old left her Itasca nursing home last month and froze to death in the facility’s courtyard. The lawsuit alleged neglect and abuse on the part of The Arbor of Itasca, the nursing home where Ms. Wentworth had lived for more than two years before her death.
It is difficult – if not impossible – to understand how Ms. Wentworth, who had been suffering from symptoms of dementia, could have left her room and the building without staff members noticing. She was found dressed only in a hospital gown after being outside for at least 90 minutes, still wearing an ankle bracelet that should have triggered an alarm when she went through an exit door, according to local authorities. Public records show that the Illinois Department of Public Health had conducted 12 separate investigations of the facility in response to complaints since the beginning of 2008.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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