After Wandering Senior Nearly Froze to Death, Amherst Facility is Fined $1,000

Dec. 1, 2019

Alice M. Klosko, a resident with mild dementia at Brompton Heights assisted living facility in Amherst, wandered outside in the middle of the night Dec. 9, 2017, and nearly froze to death.

The state Health Department has fined an Amherst adult care facility $1,000 for allowing an 87-year-old woman to wander outside during a wintry night and nearly freeze to death.

Alice M. Klosko’s children are upset with the penalty.

“That is ridiculous. That poor woman went through hell for the rest of her life,” said daughter Doris M. North.

Klosko, who had mild dementia, was dressed only in a nightgown when she wandered from her room at Brompton Heights and went outside sometime after 3 a.m. Dec. 9, 2017. Then it started to snow.
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One Response to “After Wandering Senior Nearly Froze to Death, Amherst Facility is Fined $1,000”

  1. Peter says:

    This story is both tragic and outrageous. The Hamister Group, part of the Mensch Group should be amending their sub-standard practices in caring for seniors instead of finagling another facility on Westwood parkland. LINK to Brompton Heights web page and Yelp comments below.

    Supervisor Weinstein was right to snub the so-called Mensch Group. It is playing out as another egregious example of a portrait of greed where profit trumps the well being of people and the town.