An elderly Omaha man won’t be kicked out of an Alzheimer’s unit. The care center claimed he was aggressive toward other patients and could harm himself or others.
Three Edgewood Vista staff members testified at an eviction hearing Tuesday. All cited examples of 81 year old Donald Shiu threatening, pushing and grabbing other Alzheimer’s patients.
But the family’s attorney argued it was too coincidental that the reports of aggressive behavior started about the time Donald’s family told the care center they couldn’t afford private pay anymore and would rely on Medicaid which has a cheaper set rate.
After asking questions about the rates judge Joe Caniglia simply stated “I think I know why we’re here.” A he denied the eviction order. Donald can stay at Edgewood Vista until his family finds another Alzheimer’s care facility. Wife Nancy Shiu said, “I think the judge believes it’s a money issue rather than Donald’s true personality.”
In a statement Edgewood Vista stated, "We respect the Court. In light of the decision we are considering our legal and administrative procedures to address the situation." 'We remain dedicated to quality care and ensuring safety of the 12 residents at Edgewood Vista." We will continue to explore solutions that are fair for all concerned."
The statement said the facility followed Nebraska regulations regarding the discharge.