Lebanon memory care facility has history of violations

Lisa Mokarzel, of Lebanon, blames Bridgecreek Memory Care workers for the death of her father, Edward Anthony Reyes.

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 3:37 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2018 8:33 PM

LEBANON, Ore. -- A memory care facility in Lebanon has a history of health and safety violations so severe that the state has banned it from taking in any new residents.

Lisa Mokarzel, of Corvallis, blames Bridgecreek Memory Care workers for the death of her father, Edward Anthony Reyes Sr.

Mokarzel says her father had a fever of 103.2 degrees in the week leading up to his death. 

A document from Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments Linn/Benton Senior Services, provided by an attorney with Bridgecreek, say that Reyes' fever responded to doses of fever reducers and that he did not show any signs of needing additional treatment.

When Reyes' condition did not improve, the document says that the family was notified in person that Reyes should be sent to Urgent Care and that his family declined the offered ambulance, transferring him to the hospital themselves after moving him out of the facility, but Mokarzel says that this account is untrue. 

Mokarzel says that they were not notified. She says that due to previous signs of neglect family members witnessed on previous visits, including finding Reyes unshaven and in wet and dirty clothes, the family went to pick up Reyes to transfer him to a different facility. She says that when they picked him up, they found him unconscious and took him to the hospital.

The document provided by the attorney shows that Reyes was diagnosed with pneumonia at the hospital.

Reyes died Dec. 21, 2017.

"They didn't do anything. They didn't call us," Mokarzel said. "They didnt call the doctor. They just let him lay there and suffer."

Last week, documents show another memory care resident died at Bridgecreek. Investigators say the resident was left outside in the courtyard.

KEZI 9 News found 26 pages of health and saftey violations at Bridgecreek Care Community dating back to 2010. According to documents, a resident fractured their hip in 2015, after a fight with another resident. In December, state officials said a resident suffered mental abuse after another resident sexually touched them. In that case, investigators accused the memory care staff of neglect.

"You're gonna have a hard time finding a facility that hasn't been written up, dinged, or cited several time a year and that's just par for the course. Obviously we're imperfect people and institutions are composed of imperfect people therefore they're imperfect," said Phil Emerson, an attorney reprsenting Bridgecreek.

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