DHS approves Faith Gardens to accept new residents 2 months after woman died outside

Officials: The deficiencies have been corrected
DHS approves Faith Gardens to accept new residents 2 months after woman died outside

A little less than two months after a woman was found dead outside of a Sun Prairie assisted living facility, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has approved the facility to take in new residents.

The body of Alice L. McGaw, 84, of Sun Prairie, was found on Dec. 29 near the Faith Gardens Memory Care assisted living center, where she was a resident. Authorities say hypothermia was a factor in her death.

Elizabeth Goodsitt, Communications Specialist for the DHS, confirmed to News 3 that the violations against Faith Gardens have been “substantially corrected.” DHS lifted the order not to admit any additional residents as of Feb. 22.

After McGaw’s death News 3 spoke to Leanne Crouch whose mother had lived at the facility. Crouch said at the time conditions were poor. In response to Wednesday’s news Crouch issued this statment to News 3.

“I’m speechless and hopefully no one would ever consider such a horrific place for a family member. I’m sure a Band-Aid has been put on these issues and in time, the real culture at Faith Gardens will return.”

Faith Gardens was fined $4,200 and ordered not to accept any new patients after officials discovered four deficiencies on Jan. 23. DHS officials said that Faith Gardens failed to provide the supervision necessary to ensure that the residents in their facility receive proper care treatment and that their health and safety are protected and promoted.

The plan for correction from Faith Gardens included updates in the way administrators provide daily supervision during activities, observation reviews of patients, identifying patients who are considered likely to wander, bringing in an alarm specialist to update the system and adding alarm systems to doors of people who display a potential risk of escaping.