- Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014

MADRID, Iowa (AP) - The family of an elderly Iowa woman who died this week has sued the nursing home where she was receiving care, accusing the facility of leaving the woman naked and soiled on the floor of an unfurnished room.

Kris Gerhard, the daughter of 74-year-old Rochelle Gerhard, filed the lawsuit Friday against Madrid Home for the Aging, The Des Moines Register reported (http://dmreg.co/1uatPvo ). Kris Gerhard is a judicial mental health advocate for five Iowa counties.

The lawsuit says that when she went to visit her mother Aug. 2, she found the woman on her hands and knees in a room with no furniture, screaming, “I am not a dog!” The floor of the room was covered in two-inch mats, Gerhard said, and the woman had excrement on her. She believes her mother may have been kept in the room for up to three days.

“A nurse came in and said she was sorry, that it was management’s decision to do this,” Kris Gerhard recalled. The daughter ordered the nurse out and told her to call 911, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit says the elderly woman was admitted to a Des Moines hospital, where medical records indicate she showed signs of dehydration and malnutrition. Rochelle Gerhard died on Monday.

State inspectors recently completed an on-site investigation at the home, and a public report of their findings is expected next week. The home’s administrator declined to comment to the newspaper.

The home has been cited by the state several times and fined more than $100,000 over the last 18 months for issues related to inadequate care and provisions.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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