Nursing Home Not Responsible After Man Found With Maggots

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Two weeks ago, Deseret Health and Rehabilitation in the 1600 block of S. Woodlawn came under fire, when one of its short-term residents was found with maggots and open sores on his feet.

According to Melisa Lang, administrator at the facility, the 67-year-old man had called 911 himself, complaining of chest pains.

Wichita Police say medical professionals at Via Christi found the wounds.

The incident was then reported to state and local officials.

"We did a full investigation here, and they did a full investigation," said Lang.

The state investigation showed Deseret did nothing wrong, and that only the one resident was affected.

"We found that the facility had no adverse action or inaction that created the negative outcome of the patient," said Sara Arif, Kansas Department on Aging, director of public affairs.

Even though they were not at fault, the facility is still being attacked.

kake.com never named the care home when the incident was first reported by police because of questions about the resident's story.
Reports of the incident never aired on KAKE newscasts.

But because of other bad publicity, some families are now pulling out their loved ones.

"Our census has dropped, not hugely, but we have had to reduce some hours because we get a lot of referrals, like people handing out brochures, and people think, oh, I just saw that on the news, so that has negatively impacted us," said Lang.

Lang says the maggots were an isolated case that has nothing to do with the care the facility gives.

She says it is important the public knows every decision is ultimately up to each resident.

"You do your best, and our goal is to make sure they understand the need for all their care is skilled nursing, and they need that kind of care. Whether they choose to cooperate with that is really their choice," said Lang.

Lang says residents are free to come and go from the facility as they please. They are only asked to sign themselves out.

The short-term resident in question was often times out of the building most of the day.


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