DOH: Old man dies after falling out of rehab window

DOH: Previous man dies after falling out of rehab window

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TONAWANDA, NY (MB) — The New York State Division of Well being launched a brand new report detailing the occasions on the day Judith Schrecengost was discovered lifeless in an outside yard in early February.

In accordance with reviews, Tonawanda’s Northtowns Safire Care Rehabilitation put residents, notably Schrecengost, at ‘instant danger’ in February 2022. DOH launched the investigation after Schrecengost fell from a third-floor window on a chilly winter day.

“Final week I needed to name my mother, however I could not,” mentioned Schrecengost’s daughter, Tine Delgrolice.

Delgrolice mentioned Tuesday was a touching day when she learn the small print of her mom’s demise within the report. She says she has all the time beloved her mom’s cooking and known as to ask questions on methods to good her recipes, she says. She smiled as she mentioned that Delgrolice mentioned she could not make stuffed peppers like her mother.


Schrecengost was final sighted on February 7 and was discovered lifeless the subsequent day. In accordance with reviews, she was seen in surveillance video strolling down her hallway earlier than getting into the hospital room on the third ground. She by no means returned from her room and her workers discovered her within the courtyard beneath the subsequent day.

In accordance with a report from NYSDOH, she fell out of a window. She says the home windows are open greater than 6 inches, so an individual might fall over.

“[It] It ought to solely be capable to open about six inches or so, and it ought to be capable to open much more for an individual to slot in,” mentioned Michael Scinta, a lawyer at Brown Chiari, LLP.

In accordance with reviews, Safire failed to offer Schrecengost with a protected atmosphere and oversight.

In accordance with the state web site, 163 nursing house complaints have been acquired towards the power between Could 2018 and April 2022. Safire Rehabilitation has been topic to 5 fines since 2016 by the NYSDOH, three of which have been imposed in 2021.

“They proceed to place pursuits forward of individuals. They’ve been fined earlier than. They’ve had DOH citations earlier than. And different amenities they’re concerned in have had comparable experiences,” Scinta added.

Within the report, Safire says staff at the moment are required to finish an official occupancy examine as soon as each eight-hour shift and a visible examine each two hours. Different necessities and motion plans are detailed within the report.

Delgrolice describes her mom as a lover who all the time places others earlier than herself. Her most cherished reminiscence is sitting in her yard and searching her catalog of crops.

“We’ll catch it. We all the time had 4 copies. We went to the again porch and discovered the flowers we needed to order and the place to place them. These easy little issues,” mentioned Delgrolice.

Lawyer Scinta mentioned his firm will quickly shut the investigation and the household plans to file a lawsuit after that.

Safire Rehabilitation didn’t reply to a request for touch upon Minus Better on Tuesday.

Tara Lynch A local of Buffalo joins the Minus Better crew as a reporter in 2022. She beforehand labored at Minus Better’s sister station, WETM in Elmira, NY. You may comply with and comply with Tara on Fb. Twitter Discover extra of her work right here.


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