Wandering Death

St. Louis Today reported that the daughters of a resident who died after wandering away from a nursing home here filed a wrongful-death lawsuit alleging negligence.  Aubrey Giles was reported missing from the Midwest Rehab and Respiratory Center on Jan. 14. His body was found two days later in a wooded, frozen ravine nearby. Officials said he appeared to have died of hypothermia.

The family alleges that the home knew Giles had a pattern of trying to leave but failed to monitor him. It further alleges the nursing home was negligent, violated various state regulations and failed to provide adequate supervised care. The suit also alleges the nursing home "failed to timely notify local law enforcement and Aubrey Giles' family of his elopement."

The facility is better known by its previous name, the Calvin Johnson Care Center.  This month, the incident spurred the Illinois Department of Public Health to issue eight citations against the home.


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