The family of Barbara Jones-Davis is suing Wesley Enhanced Living assisted living facility because the facility’s negligence resulted in their loved one’s death. The resident, who was visually impaired and suffered from dementia, was allowed and able to leave the facility unsupervised and was killed after falling from the second floor onto a sidewalk.
The incident happened July 2018 when Jones-Davis opened an unguarded and unlocked door on the side of the facility and wandered outside alone. The door Jones-Davis used to exit allegedly had an alarm, but surveillance video shows no one from the facility responded to the alarm for 25 minutes She was outside for 23 minutes until she walked to the edge of the property and fell almost two stories onto the sidewalk. An employee allegedly later closed the door without inspecting the property for any residents who may have left.
Jones-Davis was found alive by a passerby and was taken to the hospital where she later died. The facility allegedly learned of the incident about an hour later when a nurse was notified.
“Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley and its security contractor, U.S. Security Associates, were both negligent and grossly negligent for failing to put the appropriate systems, processes, and precautions in place to prevent such an event from happening, especially where similar instances involving unsupervised residents who wandered from the facility had occurred previous to this tragedy,” alleges the suit.
Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services say there have been three recent incidents where residents have left the facility unsupervised, according to the lawsuit.