Family of elderly woman left in hot van files suit

A resident of a Montgomery assisted living facility suffered a heat stroke after being left in a facility van for six hours.

“This is one of the most shocking incidents I have seen in my 25 years of representing elderly individuals who have been neglected,” said Enterprise attorney J.P. Sawyer, who is representing the family of the elderly woman. “It’s our understanding that one of the other residents had to bring the fact that she was missing to the attention of the staff.”

A lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County against the assisted living facility, Elmcroft of Halcyon.

The facility had taken the 83-year-old woman and four other residents on a field trip on the facility van, Sawyer said. Several hours after the return to the facility, the woman’s daughter was contacted and informed by the facility that her mother was “missing.”

“Shortly thereafter, the woman was found in the van which had been parked in the facility parking lot with the windows rolled up. The woman was rushed to Jackson Hospital where she was diagnosed with a heat stroke and other medical complications,” Sawyer said. “She is currently in the intensive care unit on life support.”

The Montgomery County Department of Human Resources and the Alabama Department of Public Health have opened investigations into the incident.

“This should never have happened and it is our goal to make sure that it never happens to anyone in the future,” Sawyer said.

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