I would like to reference two quotes from this article. Quote one: “84-year-old Alzheimers patient.” Quote two: “At the end of a hallway, a passcode and an alarmed door guarded a physical therapy room and an exit, but Gorosics had learned that if she pushed the door for 15 seconds, it would open.”
WOW, and here I thought that Alzheimer’s patients had trouble remembering things…so either she was faking Alzheimer’s OR the investigators got their story wrong. I have visited the Gracewoods facility on several occasions. The physical therapy room they are referring to is at the end of a long hallway. BUT they neglected to mention that to get outside from the physical therapy room, she would have had to walk up an inclined ramp (in the dark), get through another locked door (in the dark), walk down another short hallway (in the dark), and then finally get through ANOTHER locked door. Are you telling me that three “locked” doors couldn’t stop an 84 year old woman who was suffering from Alzheimer’s! Did the police even bother to investigate this incident or are they just making stuff up?
This is strictly my opinion, but what most likely happened is she walked right out of the front door. I know for a fact that if you pushed on the front door long enough, it would just open. The one and only caregiver on duty may have been assisting another patient or tending to her other duties. The door automatically closes and at the time there wasn't even have a buzzer on it, so how was the one and only caregiver supposed to know anything had happened. If you ask me, the owners of Gracewoods should be held responsible for this tragedy. Why aren’t they facing jail time and fines? If you set someone up to fail and they end up failing, whose fault is it?
This was a terrible tragedy that happened to this poor woman. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. My hope is that they family is able to sue Gracewoods and get the facility closed. Places like Gracewoods don’t deserve to be in business!
December 8, 2012 at 2:27 p.m.
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