Court filing states Bethesda Gardens discontinued memory care unit

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A new court filing states that Bethesda Gardens has discontinued its memory care unit.

The filing is a response to the Indiana State Department of Health’s request for an injunction against Bethesda Gardens.

State health surveyors visited Bethesda Gardens after 75-year-old Veronica Hoffman, a resident with dementia and Alzheimer’s, was found outside in the cold and later died at the hospital.

During that visit, the state says it found Bethesda Gardens was providing nursing care to residents that it’s not licensed to provide.

In a new court filing, Bethesda Gardens denies any intentional conduct to provide nursing care.

It also states that staff has been retrained regarding the proper scope of practice for unlicensed assisted living facilities.

Additionally, Bethesda Gardens states it discontinued the Memory Care Unit via notice to its residents on February 25, with the expectation that no memory care residents will remain after March 31.

All parties in this case are due in Vigo County Court on Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing.

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