Dade CIty ALF targeted for shutdown has troubled past

April was a rough month for the Edwinola Retirement Community. One dementia patient beat to death another one. A third patient committed suicide and four others with dementia went missing from the lockdown ward.

That was enough to trigger $28,000 in fines, a moratorium on new admissions, and a move by the Agency for Health Care Administration to revoke Edwinola’s license to operate.

But an Eight on Your Side investigation reveals this isn’t the first trouble at that facility.

State records show that in 2009 an Alzheimer’s patient died due to untreated bedsores that turned septic. In 2013 the staff overdosed a patient with seizure medicine and in another 2013 case failed to provide doctor-ordered wound care for a patient’s foot.

None of those cases prompted a shutdown order or a moratorium. AHCA simply fined the facility a total of $8500 and that, was that.

Edwinola’s owner now says he’s making progress toward improving care at the assisted-living facility and plans to appeal the state’s move to revoke his license.

“We are confident when all is said and done,” said owner George Wagner III,” We will remain in business for a long time serving the people of our community.”

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