Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services has moved to revoke the license of Faith Gardens, a Sun Prairie assisted-living center where a resident was found dead last December.
In its motion, the state cited problems caring for several residents. According to a Wisconsin State Journal article on the matter, Faith Gardens was sanctioned for violations 16 times between October 2017 and March 2018. A May inspection by the Department of Health Services yielded an additional five citations.
In December 2017, 84-year-old resident Alice McGaw was found dead outside of the facility; hypothermia is believed to have been a factor in her death. Inspectors noted that Faith Gardens failed to use a front-door alarm and left an interior door propped open; they also noted that employees failed to check frequently enough on McGaw, who had previously tried to wander from Faith Gardens.
Madison attorney Matthew Boller of Boller & Vaughan is representing McGaw’s children in a lawsuit against Faith Gardens. He is also representing the daughter of another resident who died at the care center last year after being hospitalized for weakness and tremors; the daughter’s complaint with the state led to the May inspection.
Mr. Boller and the law firm of Boller & Vaughan have extensive experience in cases involving nursing home neglect and abuse. Mr. Boller told the Wisconsin State Journal that his clients “want to make sure other families don’t have to go through what they went through.
Some 4,000-plus assisted-living centers operate in Wisconsin. Over the past year, the state has revoked the licenses of 15.