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Failure to Warn of Power Outage Leads to Senior Death

Failure to Warn of Power Outage Leads to Senior Death
Failure to Warn of Planned Power Outage Leads to Death of a 92 Woman after Falling in the Dark

I live in remote Texas. It takes 11 miles of power lines to reach my ranch. Anytime there is a thunderstorm, there is a good chance we are going to lose power for hours or days. That is the cost of living in “God’s country.” Nursing homes and hospitals can’t take that chance. They should always have a back up power supply

A 92 year old resident of a Pennsylvania nursing home is dead after a power outage lead to a fatal fall in the middle of the night. The fall was completely preventable.

Anna James was a resident of Arbour Square, a senior living facility in Harleysville, PA. The facility is operated by True Connection Communities, a large senior living operator.

A couple years ago, Arbour Square was notified of a planned power outage. The local utility needed to make some upgrades. The upgrades were scheduled for the middle of the night when most people are asleep. Unfortunately, the facility did not have back up generators nor did they notify all of the residents.

At 3:00 am, 92 year old Anna woke up in the dark. She tripped and fell causing a broken neck. Unfortunately, she succumbed to her injuries and died. Her three surviving kids sued the facility because of their failure to warn of the planned outage. They also said the facility should have had back up power.

In 2021, the parties settled the case.

Arbour Square Had Other Violations

In late 2020, the U.S. Justice Department sued the owner of Arbour Square and the architect  who designed the facility for violating the American Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act. The feds say that Arbour Square and 14 other facilities “have significant accessibility barriers, including inaccessible pedestrian routes to building entrances, inaccessible pedestrian routes from apartment units to amenities, inaccessible parking, door openings that are too narrow for a person using a wheelchair, environmental controls that are too high or too low for a person using a wheelchair to reach, and inaccessible bathrooms and kitchens.”

Did these defects contribute to Anna’s fall? We think so. And we wonder why a senior facility with residents in their 90’s would have design defects so bad that the government would bring action.

The other properties named in the lawsuit include:

  • Traditions of Hanover, Bethlehem, PA (independent living community)
  • Traditions of Hershey, Palmyra, PA (independent living and assisted living)
  • Chestnut Knoll, Boyertown, PA (assisted living and memory care)
  • Cedar Views Apartments, Philadelphia (independent living)
  • The Birches, Newtown, PA (assisted living and memory care)
  • Keystone Villa, Douglasville, PA (assisted living and memory care)
  • Alcoeur Gardens, Brick Township, NH (memory care)
  • Alcoeur Gardens, Toms River, NJ (memory care)
  • Church Hill Village, Newtown, CT (assisted living and memory care)
  • Heritage Green, Mechanicsville, VA (assisted living and memory care)
  • Homestead, Hamilton Township, NJ (independent living, assisted living and memory care)
  • The Villa Rafaella Addition, Pleasantville, NJ (assisted living)
  • Woodbury Mews Colonial House, Woodbury, NJ (assisted living and memory care)
  • Lifequest, Quakertown, PA (assisted living)

Are You a Victim of a Failure to Warn by a Nursing Home?

Nursing home falls are preventable. We can’t understand why this facility didn’t warn residents of the planned outage, didn’t supply residents with battery lanterns or flashlights, didn’t have back up power, didn’t have adequate staff to deal with a planned outage and allowed seniors to live in a facility that the government says has serious design defects.

Failure to warn cases are rare in nursing homes. But if you or a loved one suffered a serious injury because a nursing home, memory care unit or assisted living facility failed to warn residents of known defects or power outages, let us know. You may have a case for damages.

To learn more, visit our nursing home neglect information page. Ready to see if you have a case? Contact us online, by email [hidden email] or by phone 833-201-1555. There is no obligation. Are you a nursing home employee? We represent employee whistleblowers who wish to anonymously report health and safety violations. Cash rewards are often available.

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