Dementia Patient Found in Retirment Home's Walk-In Freezer

Police were called in late October when a 94-year-old resident ended up inside a freezer at an upscale retirement home. The 94-year-old resident went missing from the 60 resident facility on October 28. After searching the grounds of the facility, employees her inside the facility's walk-in freezer.

The walk-in freezer is set at 5 degrees and has a fan which circulates the cool air. It is unclear how long the woman was in the freezer. She was sent to a hospital for treatment and has since returned to the retirement facility. The incident is under investigation.

Managers at the facility said that the locks on the kitchen doors weren't working, and were going to be replaced the next morning. Depending on the outcome of the state Department of Health investigation, the facility could be fined or forced to shut down. Less than a year ago, at the same facility, a former caregiver was sentenced to life in prison for torture and elder abuse. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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