My Mother passed away Jan.18th, 2016 after being at the Meadows for rehab after a surgery. She was 70 years old and had a progression of symptoms over the course of 3 days. My mother had very intense abdominal pain and severe nausea, coughing, shortness of breath, and confusion. It was a holiday weekend so a LPN only called a nurse practitioner who gave her an order over the phone for more pain medicine and nausea medication IM. No family member was notified during these days. Unfortunately, my mother was labeled as a non-compliant difficult patient who was said to be have been acting like a baby. After reading her charts while there- she was guarding, crying, moaning, refusing to eat, drink because she was gagging constantly. No doctor, RN, nurse practitioner saw her during the several does she was severely ill/dying. She was only sent to ER after we the family demanded it. Unfortunately, by the time she arrived at ER she was in septic shock from her infection because her instead time was dead. Unfortunately, we falsely felt she was in good hands. Had the staff been competent my mother may still be alive. I feel very sad that my mother was not only neglected, but humiliated by a very incompetent staff her last days. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother that we miss very much. I wish she never went there- biggest mistake of my life.
It is a lovely place and each person I've encountered has been wonderful. The problem is they are very short staffed at night and the coordination and communication between care staff is not good. If you have a loved one who needs an advocate and cannot speak for themselves or do for themselves, such as someone with an injury and in any stage of dementia, they will need a family member or caregiver there with them most of the time- especially nights and weekends.
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