$50,000 Penalty Sought Against Nursing Home Where Resident Fell To Her Death

Nursing Home Resident Fell To Her DeathThe North Carolina Nursing Home, where an Alzheimer’s patient recently fell to her death after she literally wheeled herself through multiple sets of unlocked doors will likely face a fine of $50,000 — the maximum penalty.  As we recently discussed, on December 18th,  87-year-old Annie Bell Scarboro went unnoticed by staff at the Five Oaks Manor in Concord, and wandered through several doors and kitchen area and onto an unlit and unguarded loading dock where she fell four feet to her death.  The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services suggests the nursing home be fined $10,000 per day for the five days between Scarboro’s fall and when repairs to the facilities door alarms and fencing around the dock area where she fell were completed.  A final determination on the amount of the fine the facility will face will be determined by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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