Faith Gardens fined $4.2K, ordered not to admit new patients after resident died

Faith Gardens fined $4.2K, ordered not to admit new patients after resident died

The assisted living facility where a woman was found dead in December is being fined $4,200 and is ordered not to accept any new patients after officials discovered four deficiencies.

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.

Documents obtained by News 3 from the Wisconsin Department of Health said that officials believe 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 documents said that McGaw was considered a “wanderer” and exited the facility unnoticed by staff. When staff began to search, they found her outside in the cold on the ground behind a local business.

Officials said Faith Gardens’ door alarm system was not activated when McGaw left the building, and the facility staff did not complete the assigned daily task for hourly checks.

Officials also reported that Faith Gardens did not provide McGaw with a level of supervision to meet her needs for safety related to her past attempts to leave and wander. The report said McGaw had a habit of wandering into other patients’ rooms, removing their belongings, sleeping in their beds and taking their food or drink.

Surveyors had expressed concerns to administrators regarding oversight at the facility. Since the incident, administrators at Faith Gardens have started reviewing and revising their policies and procedures, according to the documents.

Part of the review includes creating a binder with the names of wanderers and an elopement assessment tool. Administrators also said they will be upgrading their door alarm systems, according to the documents.

Faith Gardens will not be able to take on any new residents until their violations are corrected.