“Failing the Frail” – Pennlive

failing frail

Story by Neil Simmons-Ritchie and David Wenner | Pennlive

“Claudia Whittaker arrived to find her 92-year-old father still at the bottom of the nursing home’s front steps. He was covered by a tarp and surrounded by police tape, but the sight of one of his slim ankles erased any hope it wasn’t him.

“DeWitt Whittaker, a former World War II flight engineer, had dementia and was known to wander. As a result, his care plan required him to be belted into his wheelchair and watched at all times. Early on Sept. 16, 2015, Whittaker somehow got outside the Golden Living home in Doylestown and rolled down the steps to his death.

“‘It wasn’t the steps that killed him. But the inattention of staff and their failure to keep him safe,’ his daughter said.”

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