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Family believes 86-year-old mother was abused by nursing home

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

( -- A family says their 86-year-old mother with Alzheimer’s was abused by a nursing home in west St. Louis County.

Robin Foster said her mother’s eye was swollen and closed shut after what the Delmar Garden’s West Nursing Home said was a bad fall.

“I immediately said that’s not a fall,” said Foster.

Foster said the nursing home in Town and Country called her and said her mother fell in her bedroom.

But Foster said the pictures from the hospital show her mother suffered a broken nose, broken cheekbones and bruising to her eye.

“Someone is hitting my mother,” Foster said, “The way my mother looks. I mean, there is no puncture there. It looks like somebody punched her.”

Foster said she became suspicious after she was told her mother fell off the bed, then someone told her she fell while walking from the bathroom to the bedroom.

Delmar Gardens issued a statement explaining the situation is under investigation.

“We take any and all resident matters and family concerns very seriously. This particular incident is still under investigation and we are working closely with local police as well as the Department of Health and Senior Services. At this point, the incident appears to be an accident and not a result of abuse or neglect. This resident has lived at Delmar Gardens West since 2007. Due to HIPAA privacy regulations, we are unable to provide any further details about the incident to protect the rights of the resident.”

Foster said she filed a report with Missouri officials and Town and Country Police.

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