Adult Care Home Concerns
Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 08:55 PM EST
More information on the death of a resident staying at a Buncombe County adult care home.
A police officer found Jean Catt frozen to a chair at the Angel House last month. A state report shows she walked out of her facility and no one noticed her leaving in 9-degree weather. The state investigation shows the staff knew she suffered from dementia and had labeled her as a "wanderer."
The report states staff knew they had to accompany and stay with (her) when she exited the building. It also shows Catt had a history of getting up in the middle of the night and trying to walk outside. The report shows Catt's building had a security system and alarms on the door that would alert a staff member staying in the building. But the investigation shows that staff member was asleep. It says he did not hear the door alarm or any noises. The report also states when the door closes, the door will lock behind them and residents unable to enter.
The state has ordered Angel Care to correct what they call "deficiencies" and supervisors have submitted a plan. Angel Care faces the possibility of fines from what the state calls a Type A-1 Violation.
The Council on Aging Specialist urges families to take a personal role in placing loved ones in any adult care facility. Click here to see a key document for guidelines and help about choosing adult care facilities.