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Man’s father killed himself after neglect at Memorial Care Center, lawsuit says

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A man’s lawsuit alleges his 81-year-old father killed himself the day after being discharged from Memorial Care Center in Belleville, where the suit says he had suffered multiple falls and was neglected.
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A man’s lawsuit alleges his 81-year-old father killed himself the day after being discharged from Memorial Care Center in Belleville, where the suit says he had suffered multiple falls and was neglected.

A man’s lawsuit alleges that his 81-year-old father killed himself the day after being discharged from Memorial Care Center in Belleville, where the suit says he had suffered multiple falls and was neglected.

Richard H.L. Medder of O’Fallon was admitted into Memorial Care Center from July to August 2016, according to the suit filed on July 27 by his son Matthew Medder. He said his father wanted to be discharged from the center because staff “consistently failed” to respond on time to his call light.

A Memorial Health Services official said they cannot comment on pending litigation.

During his stay at Memorial Care Center, the suit says, Medder fell multiple times.

Medder was admitted into Memorial Medical Center on July 23 due to a fall at home during which he fractured his left hip, the lawsuit states.

On July 27, Medder was admitted into Memorial Care Center for rehabilitation, the suit said. The following week, Medder turned on his call light for assistance to use the bathroom but no one responded. After waiting for staff to respond, Medder tried to go to the bathroom by himself and fell, the suit alleges. He suffered a fracture to his right femur.

Four days later, on Aug. 10, the lawsuit says, Medder told a therapist he “fell this time because it take so long to get my call light answered and I shit my pants.”

According to the suit, administrator Anne Crook talked to Medder about his call light concerns on Aug. 16. Six days later, Medder adamantly told staff he wanted to go home, the suit alleges.

Medder was not screened for depression or suicidal ideations at any time prior to being discharged, the suit alleges.

The day after he was discharged, Medder shot himself and died.

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6
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