Assisted Living Death Investigated

1 decade 1 year 2 months ago Friday, March 16 2007 Mar 16, 2007 Friday, March 16, 2007 2:33:30 PM CDT March 16, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - State inspectors say a St. Louis assisted-living facility where a resident's death went unnoticed for 13 hours was routinely understaffed at night. Officials also say Autumn View Gardens failed to appropriately monitor several residents who had voiced suicidal intentions. The January 16 suicide was made public yesterday by state Representative Sam Page, who urged the attorney general's office to seek penalties against the facility. The unnamed resident suffered from severe depression and recently had been hospitalized after expressing an intent to commit suicide. But state health officials said that upon release back to Autumn View Gardens, the facility failed to monitor the resident or develop a plan addressing the person's suicidal tendency. Health department records provided to the AP say the resident was found dead in a bathroom, about 13 hours after staffers had last seen the resident alive.

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