Police in California are trying to figure out how a 94-year-old woman wound up locked inside a walk-in freezer in her swanky nursing home, Silverado Senior Living. Silverado is best known for a former employee who's serving life for torture.
The Los Angeles Times reports that 94-year-old Mollye Fischer last month was found in the freezer after staff noticed that one of the residents was missing. They "eventually" found Fischer, she was hospitalized for exposure, and she is now "back at the community safe and sound." An old person wandering into a freezer in a home that specializes in dementia might not sound so crazy, even if said home charges upwards of $70,000/year for someone to live there. But it's impossible to overlook the home's past employee/resident relations issues. For instance, take the case of Cesar Ulloa:
The freezer incident comes less than a year after Cesar Ulloa, a former caregiver at Silverado, was convicted of torture and elder abuse and sentenced to life in prison. In an emotional trial, co-workers recounted shocking assaults against residents, many of whom were too dementia-ridden to call for help.
In one case, a former employee said she saw Ulloa leap off a dresser and land with both knees on a man's belly. In another case, Ulloa was accused of using one wheelchair-bound resident's arm to hit another resident suffering from dementia, encouraging the two to fight.
Again, the freezer incident could have been an accident. But even if it is, and there was nothing shady or Fight Club-esque going on with employees, this really says something about a nursing home that charges a whole lot of money to care for people.