ROCKWALL (CBSDFW.COM) – A resident of Rockwall Nursing Center was found dead in the woods Monday morning.
Rockwall police issued a Silver Alert asking for help finding 74-year old Roy Lee Jackson just before 11 a.m. on Monday. Jackson had last been seen around 5 a.m.
From the corner where the nursing home sits at the stop sign, Jackson apparently walked two blocks away in into the woods where a search team found his body. He was in a hospital gown, pajama pants and wearing now shoes. If he took a direct path, it could have taken him less than four minutes to get to where he was found.
In a statement the Rockwall Nursing Center’s parent company Senior Care of Rockwall said it’s, “conducting an internal investigation while we work with the authorities to determine Mr. Jackson exited the building this morning. Upon discovering his disappearance, Senior Care of Rockwall staff immediately notified police and dispatched our own search party to look for Mr. Jackson. We continue to review all security protocols to ensure residents at Senior Care of Rockwall are safe and protected.”
But CBS 11 found a history of problems with the facility.
Medicare’s website rates it one out of five starts or “much below average” while state records from the latest inspection show Rockwall Nursing Center was cited for 30 violations of federal and state codes.
On March 7, 2014 records state police found a patient a mile and a half away on the inside shoulder of the interstate during afternoon rush hour.
The government cited the facility for failing to adequately supervise him. They also blamed Rockwall Nursing Center for not putting a code alert band on the man’s ankle, despite a doctor’s order.
The report claimed 27 patients at Rockwall Nursing Center were required to have the bands at that time, which alert staff if a patient tries to leave.
There are no details yet how Jackson, who suffered from Alzheimer’s and had diabetes, died. Before you move a loved one into a nursing home you can get educated on line. Here you can see how Medicare ranks facilities, gives you health inspection reports and lists complaints and deficiencies.
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