Dennis Long’s relatives confirmed that he was indeed the man who drove his car through the front entrance of St. Sophia Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Louis, MO last Friday. Apparently Long drove his car into the facility out of anger. He was banned from visiting his mother who was an Alzheimer’s patient at the facility due to his ‘bizarre behavior’ weeks earlier.
St. Louis Circuit Court records reveal Long had a troubled past. In 2007, Long was similarly barred from visiting his mother while she was a resident at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In the same year, court records also confirm Long had threatened to kill his three sisters and a niece.
Long’s sister, Terry Hall, said Long had been so verbally and physically abusive to their mother that other nursing home residents were scared for their safety. According to Hall, there were nursing homes that refused to take her mother because of her brother’s behavior. “My mom was moved from different nursing homes because of him. We have gotten restraining orders on him but nothing happened,” she added.
Long was the only person seriously injured in the incident having received extensive burns. A resident at St. Sophia was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.
Nursing Home Safety
Obviously, nursing homes are intended to provide medical care to residents, however they are also responsible for ensuring resident safety. In many situations, the staff at a facility must act as the eyes and ears of vulnerable residents to ensure their well being. If a facility becomes aware of threats against particular residents they should report the situation to law enforcement immediately.
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https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3148.pdf United States Department of Labor