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Retirement residencies are places of peace and serenity. One would think it would also provide medical care for their elderly residents. However, some residency places do not offer medical care as part of their services. That being known upfront helps people make decisions.
Lorraine Bayless, 87, sought to live life to the fullest and go when it was naturally her time. She chose a Bakersfiled independent living facility, Glendale Gardens, fully knowing they did not have trained medical staff to provide care at their facilities. So when she collapsed and was not breathing someone called 911. Then a nurse got on the phone to speak to the dispatcher and decisions as to what Lorraine wanted ran through the nurses head. The dispatcher instructed the nurse to do CPR and she responded she was not allowed to do CPR. Dispatcher told her to find someone else, but the nurse refused.
At fist the owner of the facility, Brookdale Senior Living, stated the employee acted right by waiting but later that week stated the employee misinterpreted the company’s guidelines and was put on voluntary leave until everything is investigated properly. Police are not investigating as well as the company to see if any criminal activity occurred. Kern County Aging and Adult Services Department is looking into elder abuse and legislation is being considered.
Through this, the family has understood Lorraine wanted to pass away naturally and do not hold ill will against the center or the employee. The trust fully that Lorraine knew what kind of facility she was living at and was ok with the care she was receiving.
Elder abuse is serious accusation. We are to take great care of our elderly out of respect and love. If you know of or are concerned about any personal injury to an elder, contact a personal injury lawyer. An Illinois attorney is here to help.