A story out of Seattle details the tragic death of an 87 year-old Alzheimer’s patient — who also happened to be a retired nursing educator — after a number of untreated pressure ulcers, some of which had “burrowed to the bone,” led to her death.

Much of this article focused on the reported shortcomings of a unique system that Washington state employees as a state-funded, low-cost alternative to nursing homes (this, too, is an interesting read and cautionary tale for Illinois residents concerned about how the state plans to fix its Medicaid funding shortfall), but the details of how this matter “slipped through the cracks” is enough to give pause to everyone concerned with this issue.

In addition to the fact that, disturbingly, this resident’s pressure sores went untreated for an alleged 22 days and were allowed to “burrow[] to the bone,” the following paragraph says it all:

“Investigators had cited Houghton Lakeview 33 times for inadequate care and substandard conditions. Two caregivers were convicted felons, barred from such work. Two others had forged nursing credentials. The public was never warned — nor were the residents in the home.”

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