This week, there were two very disturbing reports about security at North Carolina long-term care facilities. Oddly, they came from both sides of the door.
ON THE INSIDE…
At Louisburg Manor (Louisburg, NC), two women entered the nursing home and took jewelry from a 90-year-old resident. According to a report on WRAL.com, the intruders told the nursing home resident that she needed to removed the jewelry for an X-ray.
According to nursing home employees, the women visited Louisburg Manor and Louisburg Nursing Center around lunchtime on Friday and were seen talking to residents. The facilities are both located on Smoke Tree Way and run by TRC of Louisburg, Inc. [from WRAL.com]
Apparently, there is no security at the front door; the nurse’s station is down the hall, so some residents’ rooms can be accessed by visitors (or thieves) without signing in or going through any checkpoint.
The nursing home resident who lost her jewelry must be devastated. Nursing home residents often have nothing left but their dignity, mementos of their lives, and peace of mind. This resident had at least two of those taken from her in the same moment.
To read the full article, click here: Resident Robbed at Louisburg Nursing Home
But that’s not the worst of the two stories.
ON THE OUTSIDE…
According to an article on News-Record.com, state authorities are investigating the Loyalton of Greensboro assisted-living facility after an 85-year-old resident somehow got locked outside and froze to death on Christmas Eve.
Tammy Martin, executive director of Loyalton, said:
…doors are locked after dark for safety reasons to prevent anyone from entering the building. They are not locked from the inside, however. She said Purvis was found near a side door, which staff believe is the one she used to leave. Alarms have been added to doors since Purvis’ death, Martin said.
(To read the full article, click here: Officials Investigate Death at Assisted-Living Community)
Stories like these are exactly why the compassionate lawyers of HensonFuerst Attorneys spend every day fighting for the rights of nursing home residents who have been abused or neglected.
We take our role as advocates for nursing home residents very seriously, and we will continue to protect their rights, and to speak for people who have no voice.
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