A former nursing assistant in an Illinois nursing home recently admitted in court that she failed to properly ascertain the whereabouts of all residents after a door alarm sounded at approximately 2 am in the winter. Instead of conducting a bed check after the alarm sounded, the nursing assistant returned to watching television. She later conducted a bed check at approximately 5 am and found that an 89 year-old resident was missing.
The resident’s frozen body was discovered in the courtyard of the facility. She had fallen and injured her chin and leg, and eventually died from hypothermia. Local police also reported that the aide tried to cover-up the incident by returning her to her bed and changing her clothes. A civil lawsuit has been commenced by the resident’s family alleging nursing home neglect and abuse and wrongful death.