Anderson nursing home cited after patient suffers from heat exhaustion

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ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana nursing home and rehabilitation facility has been cited by the state after a resident suffered apparent heat exhaustion in May.

The Indiana State Department of Health says a maintenance supervisor at Lindberg Crossing Senior Living in Anderson noted air conditioning units affecting one hall weren’t working on May 25, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. The department notified the facility administrator of the immediate jeopardy on May 29, according to its report.

The report also includes the response from the facility, which said the administrator and staff supplied residents with fans starting May 25 and offered them the option to move. Also starting on May 25, temperatures were monitored every two hours to make sure rooms didn’t get too hot; monitoring was increased to once per hour on May 29 while repairs were underway.

The Herald Bulletin reports the state says outside temperatures were between 86 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit during the weekend. On the holiday, one resident was taken to a hospital.

The facility says in a statement that “corrective measures were implemented” and it “will continue to strive to ensure the well-being of each resident.”

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