An Acadiana man dies while living at a local nursing home. Theman's children say the caregivers at the facility are responsible for their father's death.
The family filed their complaint in the form of a lawsuit against the Evangeline Oaks nursing home in Carencro. Family members say they chose the facility after a careful search.
Nicolas Calais just lost his father the beginning of last month. It is a hard for anyone to lose a parent, but Nicolas says this death could have been prevented.
Harold Calais was brought to Evangeline Oaks Guest House in Carencro on January 26th. He was suffering from and a brain disorder that required he receive special attention.
Nicolas Calais: Heneeded a restraint, he needed a bed vail and they claimed they were going to provide all that...
The family and their lawyers say none of that ever happened and as a result, it claimed his life.
Lucretia Pecantte-Burton/Lawyer for the Family: They were aware of what his needs were and they said they would attend to his needs and he ended up falling out of the bed and it was stated as a hematomin...
Calais's widow and four children are now suing the nursing home for an unspecified amount. But, their lawyer states that money is not the main motive to the lawsuit.
Lucretia Pecantte-Burton/Lawyer for the Family: Myclients want justice, but most importantly, they want to make sure that this does not happen to anyone else...
We contacted the lawyers and administrators to the nursing home a number of times Wednesday, but the only statement that they would give at this point was "no comment."For Nicolas Calais, whether he wins his lawsuit or not, it will be little consolation to what happened.
Nicolas Calais: Thereis not a day that goes by that I do not think about my father. He was my best friend...
This is not the first time Evangeline Oaks has been accused of maltreatment of its residents. InOctober of last year, an Evangeline Oaks employee was indicted for allegedly raping an elderly woman who lived there.
19-year-old Donovan Despanie is now awaiting trial and if convicted, could spend the rest of his life in prison. The alleged victim was a 92-year-old Alzheimer's patient.
Eyewitness News did a background search of Evangeline Oaks on the U.S. government Medicare web site. It lists everything from the total number of certified beds to the total number of deficiencies.
A deficiency is a violation found by the Department of Health and Hospitals during yearly inspections. Evangeline Oaks had a total of 28 deficiencies since March of last year. That's more than any other nursing home in Lafayette Parish.
Those deficiencies ranged from mistreating its patients to failing to provide them with proper nourishment. Ifyou'd like to get information on a nursing home in the country, all you have to do is log on to www.medicare.gov . That's the official government Medicare web site.