The Chicago Sun Times reported on the death of 84-year-old, Benny Saxon. Saxon was a resident at Alden Wentworth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Chicago, Illinois when he either jumped or fell to his death from the fourth floor. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office pronounced Saxon dead shortly after the incident.
Chicago Police are investigating the incident, but early reports indicate that the man suffered from dementia and showed signs of being agitated shortly before his death. Currently, the death is being evaluated a suicide.
A dementia unit on the fourth floor?
If the reports of this man being housed on the fourth floor prove to be true, this facility should not only be ashamed of exposing dementia resident to such harm, but the facility may also expose themselves in a liability context. Nursing home residents suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s should always be housed on a ground floor to minimize the risk of residents harming themselves.
Alden has been involved in the nursing home industry since the 1970’s. There are 38 Alden facilities in the Chicagoland area, Rockford and Wisconsin. The facilities are intended to care for individuals who require varying degrees of assistance. Alden nursing facilities include:
- 21 rehabilitation and health care centers
- 7 independent senior living facilities
- 5 special needs facilities
- 3 assisted living facilities
- 2 Alzheimer’s residential centers
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