Iowa facility fined $7,500 in resident’s death


August 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

ADEL, Iowa (AP) – A Dallas County-owned care facility for the disabled has been fined $7,500 for failures connected to the death of a resident.The facility in Adel is often called the county home. State inspectors say a resident who had a history of choking on food was given crackers and left unsupervised on May 7. About 15 minutes later, another resident reported to staff that the resident with the crackers appeared to be choking. The resident was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals fined the facility $7,500 for failing to adequately supervise residents. The state report does not identify the deceased resident.