State officials are remaining tight lipped over the resignation of the chief administrator of the Idaho State Veterans Home in Lewiston, but her departure came in the wake of an investigation which found 17 deficiencies, some of which put the home's residents in immediate jeopardy.
This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the investigation, conducted by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, revealed that a nurse had a verbally and emotionally abusive relationship with a resident for more than a year before the nurse was fired. The resident had to be put on a suicide watch due to his interactions with the nurse, according to the report. Other deficiencies included staff members sometimes using residents' clothing or blankets to wipe residents' mouths. The Tribune reports that the investigation also cited the veterans home for failing to make sure one resident's end-of-life directives were clear.
The Lewiston facility scored an overall two-star (below average) rating, compared to Boise's five stars (much above average) and Pocatello's three stars (average).
Lewiston's chief administrator Sarah Yoder has since resigned from her post, but officials are remaining mum over her decision to leave.
The Division of Veterans Services did not respond to the Tribune's request for an interview, nor did Yoder's replacement.