The family of an 86-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s claim that the woman was abused by staffers of a west St. Louis County nursing home.
Robin Foster alleges that her mother’s eye was swollen and closed shut after what the Delmar Garden’s West Nursing Home claimed was a bad fall. Foster told KMOV.com that there was no way the injury was caused by the fall. The nursing home claimed that the woman fell in her bedroom. However, Foster said the pictures provided by the hospital show her mother suffered a broken nose, broken cheekbones and bruising to her eye.
“Someone is hitting my mother,” Foster told KMOV.com. “The way my mother looks. I mean, there is no puncture there. It looks like somebody punched her.” Foster said she first became suspicious of mistreatment at the home after one worker told her that her mother fell off the bed, and someone else told her she fell while walking from the bathroom to the bedroom. Foster said she filed a report with the Town and Country police.
Delmar Gardens issued the following 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.”