Family files lawsuit against Belleville care center for relative's death
By KMOV Web Producer
(KMOV.com) -- The family of Aubrey Giles, the patient who wandered away from a Belleville, Illinois nursing home in January and was later found dead in a nearby creek, are suing the care center for negligence and failure to notify family and authorities of his absence.
Terri Dancy and Linda Woods, the daughters of Aubrey Giles, claim that Midwest Rehab and Respiratory Center and its management company, Senior Healthcare Management were negligent and violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act in a number of aspects.
They claim those violations include, failing to implement appropriate care plan interventions and updating Giles' care plan to prevent him from leaving the nursing home, failing to appropriately monitor and supervise Giles given his prior history and failing to notify doctors and family of Giles about his repeated attempts to leave the facility. In addition, the family claims they, along with local law enforcement were not notified in a timely manner of Giles' absence from the care facility.
Dancy and Woods added that Senior Healthcare Management failed to properly supervise, monitor and manage the staff at the nursing home, failed to take reasonable steps to prevent, eliminate and correct deficiencies noted by the Illinois Department of Public Health in its surveys and inspections and failed to assure that the nursing home complied with Federal and State laws, rules and regulations designed to protect the health and safety of its residents.
On January 14th, Aubrey Giles died after wandering away from Midwest Rehab & Respiratory Center in Belleville. He was found Monday, January 16 in a frozen creek less than one block from the nursing home. Giles was 77 years old and suffered from dementia. He had resided at the home for seven years.
“Based upon the information we have been able to gather so far, Midwest’s negligence is glaring and inexcusable. The State and the Police have completed their investigations. Now it’s time for us to take the next step. We intend to pull together the remaining pieces of this unfortunate puzzle and to hold Midwest and its management accountable. Hopefully, we can prevent other families from suffering the way this family has,” said the family’s attorney, Staci Yandle.