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Wake Forest rest home resident struck, killed by vehicle

Posted December 8, 2011

— A resident at a Wake Forest rest home died after being struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday evening, a town spokesman said Thursday.

McKinley High, 79, who has dementia, wandered away from Wake Forest Care Center, 306 S. Allen Road, town spokesman Bill Crabtree said. High wandered into traffic on Wait Avenue around 6 p.m. and was struck by a vehicle.

High was taken to WakeMed, where he died.

Crabtree said authorities didn't file charges against the driver.

Wake Forest Care Center received three out of four possible stars during a state inspection in July. Records beginning in 2009 show the center never received more than one star during five previous inspections, including three ratings of no stars.

The state suspended admissions to the center in February 2009, and it couldn't accept new patients for six months.


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  • darknfgdays56 Dec 9, 2011

    I know s/o who works there. Dinner is 5-545, he was hit at 6. So yes it happened very quickly, and they were already looking for him. Your all quick to pass judgement but the current director whos been n place for less than a year has managed to bring them from 1 star to 3. & just like s/o else here said, some people have BEGGINNING DEMENTIA who arent wandering risks. so until you know BOTH sides u shouldnt judge.

  • angel heart Dec 9, 2011

    Wakeforest Care Center has had numerous complaints filed against them and nothing has happened. If the owners cared anything about these residents life instead of money they would voluntarily close those doors before someone else family members have to suffer a loss I send my prayers out to this family.

  • LovemyPirates Dec 8, 2011

    This facility takes care of those on the lowest end of the financial spectrum. The people who work there do their best but are very overstretched. The residents there need everything because they and their families can't afford to provide it.

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  • philburn0303 Dec 8, 2011

    This is a family's worst nightmare. May he rest in peace.

  • keeprightexcepttopass Dec 8, 2011

    Usually with Dementia, these folks are placed on units with controlled access, or an alarm will sound if an outer door is opened. Sadly, nursing homes are EXTREMELY understaffed and staff probably didn't have time to run out the second the alarm sounded. There's no mention in the article how long he was out before he got hit. It could have happened very quickly

  • bande118 Dec 8, 2011

    It depends on the type of facility this was. If it was a regular assisted living facility they are required and paid to staff 1 caregiver per 20 redidents. If it is a special care unit that cares for residents with dementia as a primary diagnosis they are required and paid for 1 caregiver per 8 residents. This is an unrealistic # of staff to properly care for residents. It has been a point the industry has brought to the regulatory agencies and the legislature for years. Not saying something didn't go wrong but there are definitely 2 sides of the coin. If it was a special care unit it should have had locked security. Also a person can have a dementia diagnosis and not be considered a wanderer. If the person had never posed a threat to wander they wouldn't qualify for a locked unit. I feel that if a person has a diagnosis like this there is always a risk and should be allowed to live in a secured unit.

  • common_sense_plz Dec 8, 2011

    oh goodness this is tragic. I do not know who owns or runs this rest home now, but when I was there last year singing christmas carols, this place smelled awful. I also noticed that residence were allowed to wonder around and outside. If a patience has dementia or alheizmers they should be in a facility set up for such patients.

  • raggy831 Dec 8, 2011

    The nursing home better watch out! The family may sue them for not watching there family member.

  • what the........ Dec 8, 2011

    somebody is in TROUBLE......