Storm Lake nursing home fined $31,000 after woman dies from fall

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STORM LAKE, Iowa — A Storm Lake nursing home has been fined more than $31,000 after an incident in which a woman fell on her head while being transferred onto a bed and later died from the injury.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1nDk4VX ) North Lake Manor was cited in June by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals for failing to protect residents from harm and failing to provide adequate care.

Reports said 87-year-old Darlene Carbaugh died a day after she fell from the mechanical lift used to transfer her to bed on May 17.

The home is owned by two companies controlled by Sioux City accountant Joseph P. DeWitt.

He did not immediately return a message. His attorney also did not immediately respond to a message.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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