It's been just a few weeks since a 79-year-old Alzheimer's patient escaped from Immanuel Campus of Care and was later found dead after dying from a suspected case of heat exhaustion. Since then, many who have been treated at the assisted living facility have come forward demanding that both Peoria Police Department and Arizona state officials work faster to find out what's going on before someone else is injured or dies.
The facility has long been used by many as they recoup from surgical procedures. One woman, who was sent to the facility to recover from what she refers to as a minor surgical procedure, notes that she wasn't all that far into her two-week stay at the facility when she contracted a staph infection.
She believes that she may have contracted the potentially-deadly infection from a man she met at the facility. He had been diagnosed with MRSA. She now wonders why he was never quarantined by staff to ensure that he didn't spread his highly-contagious infection.
It was because of the quick actions both the woman's pastor and adult daughter took to get her out of the facility that doctors say she was lucky to have her leg spared from being amputated.
Once the woman healed from her surgery and staph infection, she dedicated her time to finding out if others had experienced any problems with Immanuel Campus of Care. What she found in Arizona Department of Health records is at least 78 different safety citations against the facility that have been filed since 2014.
One such filing resulted in a $1,500 judgment for its employees' failure to properly care for a resident's foot. That situation resulted in the individual developing an unnecessary pressure sore.
Other filings captured instances in which medical records were not adequately secured, medicines were not properly stored, or obvious cleanliness issues went unattended. The Department of Health's records reflect that each issue was deemed to have ultimately been addressed.
The many instances that have been alleged to have occurred on this facility's watch since 2014 should never have happened. If you know someone that has suffered an illness while under someone else's care, then they may be entitled to compensation. A Tucson nursing home abuse and negligence attorney can review your case and advise you as to the merits of your claim.
Source: ABC 15 Arizona, "Peoria nursing home under investigation by state of Arizona, police due to multiple violations," Sonu Wasu, July 07, 2017