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Gilbert memory care center cited after dementia patient wandered outside undetected and was later found dead

AZDHS fined Silver Creek Inn $500 for the incident, advocates are livid in regards to the quantity.

GILBERT, Ariz — A Valley memory care facility is going through a number of citations after one in all its sufferers wandered out of the constructing and was found dead about two miles away.

It occurred in early August. 88-year-old Ina Jenkins who was been identified with dementia, in some way walked out undetected of the Silver Creek Inn Memory Care Center in Gilbert. Hours after she was reported lacking to police, they found her physique in an irrigation canal, based on a report by the Gilbert Police Department.

For months, it was not recognized to the general public how Jenkins was capable of get out of the safe constructing situated on Baseline Road simply west of Power Road, however those self same police stories present what investigators imagine occurred. 

During their interviews with employees, police have been instructed all doorways have locks and alarms to alert employees when a patient will get out. However, the morning Jenkins was reported lacking one of many employees members mentioned a door was propped open by a janitor so they might take out the trash. Through that door, investigators say results in one other space with no locks or alarms and in the end ends outside the constructing.

The police report says they found Jenkins dead a few one and a half mile stroll away. Police have been capable of establish her from an image supplied to them by her husband in addition to the footwear she was carrying. They had her title, “Ina” written on the underside of them. 

The Arizona Department of Human Services started its investigation into the ability to see if correct procedures have been adopted. It discovered that the final time anybody had seen Jenkins was at 5:00 a.m. throughout their hourly check-in with sufferers. It’s investigators found that the stories from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. have been lacking. It can be an hour later when AZDHS says a employees member went to examine on Jenkins and seen she was lacking.

Silver Creek Inn was cited for a number of causes together with not following correct procedures for sufferers who could wander, not understanding the place sufferers are, and doorways not being locked or alarms set. 

The Executive Director for Silver Creek Inn Bonnie Hollabaugh supplied the next assertion: 

“Ms. Jenkins was a cherished member of our group. Over the previous a number of months, our workforce took all acceptable actions to help and cooperate with regulation enforcement and company efforts pertaining to this tragic and remoted incident. The security and well-being of our residents stays our prime precedence.”

The State fined the ability a complete of $1,000. Half of that was for the scenario that unfolded, the opposite half was for a employees member that didn’t have their First Aid and CPR certification updated.

“That is outrageous,” says Dana Kennedy the State Director for AZ AARP. She believes the punishment doesn’t match the habits. Calling on the state to extend enforcement and oversight to forestall all these conditions.

“We have talked to legislators about increasing the penalties of bad behavior and this is a perfect example of why we need to do just that,” Kennedy says.

12News reached out to AZDHS to search out out if additional motion will probably be taken towards Silver Creek Inn and additionally for additional clarification on why the fantastic was set at $500. ADHS has not returned our request for remark on the time of publishing this text.

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