Don’t entrust your loved ones to this Memory Care unit. I brought my father here from Florida, and had to make a decision on which facility to use in Las Vegas very quickly. After seeing 4-5 places, I made the mistake of choosing Desert View.
Within less than a month of arriving, he fell twice in less than 8 hours. Having Alzheimer’s, he usually forgot to use his walker. In the middle of the night, he fell while using the bathroom without his walker, hitting the back of his head on the sink or tile (he didn’t recall falling). He was taken to the hospital by ambulance, where they stapled the laceration, and did 2 scans, 6 hours apart, to check for a brain bleed. After both were negative, they took him back to Desert View.
No more than 15 minutes after he was taken back to his room, he went to the bathroom again, no walker, and fell a second time, this time hitting his forehead. Why wasn’t anyone assigned to watch a 93 year old man, with Alzheimer’s, who had already fallen once? At least until he got settled, and assist him to the bathroom?
By the way, they told me that “residents have the right not to use their walkers.” Sure, I know. But shouldn’t you watch them a little more carefully?
Another trip in an ambulance, another scan (no staples or stitches needed).
After the first fall, I was with him in the ER; he was his normal, forgetful self. After he returned from his second ER visit, he was altered. Our whole family was at Desert View; he was agitated, combative, and his speech was garbled.
Nonetheless, the Desert View staff insi insisted on giving him his morning meds. He fought them, so (in front of us all) they shoved them in his mouth, then held the cup to his lips and made him drink. It took several times before he swallowed everything.
This was a “Med Tech” using her [questionable] judgement. Desert View doesn’t use LPNs to distribute meds. Perhaps someone with professional nursing judgement might have realized that forcing a patient to swallow fluids against their will can lead to aspiration (fluids in the lungs) which can lead to pneumonia.
Did I mention that I’m an RN?
Because of his altered state, I insisted on his being taken back to the hospital.
Where he died two days later.
Of aspiration pneumonia.
Don’t worry, though. Desert View made sure I paid the outstanding amount on his bill.