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Death lawsuit could impact assisted living standards

Delores Wiersum froze to death after she was locked outside her assisted living home in Appleton, Wisconsin, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

The report states that “Wiersum died in January 2013 after wandering out of The Heritage shortly after midnight. She wore only pajamas and a light sweater in the 15-degree temperature. She had recently suffered a mini-stroke.”

The report states further that “A police investigation revealed that while staff recorded Wiersum as being asleep in her bed at 2 a.m., video surveillance footage showed the woman walking out the rear exit door at about 12:06 a.m. She tried to get back inside for about 30 minutes before giving up and walking away. She fell at least five times and received multiple broken bones and cuts during the four-hour period before police found her about a mile away from the facility.”

The Press-Gazette reports that the facility’s company, ThedaCare, has denied any wrongdoing.

The Press-Gazette reports that Wiersum fell five times as she tried to get back into the facility. Staff mistakes led to at least 24 deaths over a two-year period in Wisconsin assisted living facilities, according to the paper.

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