The poison is all throughout her body. Theres no way I can save her, her husband said he was told by a doctor.
Archer was transferred to a local hospice. Aides cleaned her, and put on a crisp new gown. Within 30 minutes, she was dead.
After her death in 2009, state investigators questioned the homes treatment of Archers blackened sore.
It is obvious that ALF staff should have noticed the buttock wound, McClain, the DCF nurse, wrote. It is also clear that there was a serious systemic failure at the ALF. Archer, he concluded, was inadequately supervised and medically neglected.
Janice Merrill, an Orlando attorney who represents Edwinola, declined to comment, citing ongoing litigation.
Even after Archer died, the problems at Edwinola continued.
A month after her death, a woman was hospitalized with bruises on her arm, wrist, chest and buttocks. Doctors discovered she had been given so high a dose of blood-thinners that she needed several transfusions. She also had been given three pain patches triple the dose prescribed by her doctor.
The woman, a DCF investigator wrote, had been overmedicated to the point of losing consciousness.
During the investigation, the homes director of nursing resigned. The facility once again told state agents it had incorporated new safety measures and training to prevent recurrence, DCF records show.
But in November 2010, regulators found more breakdowns this time, after relatives complained a resident of the home was acting strangely and no one knew why. When inspectors showed up, they found the home had failed to give the resident crucial psychiatric and heart medications.
Once again, Edwinola promised to retrain its workers to make sure the problems didnt happen again, records state.
For Theodore Archer, 91, who is suing the home, learning that the facility had been warned twice before his wifes death to pay better attention to residents health has made his loneliness even more difficult.
Miss her? God, yes, Archer said. I guess itll be a long time missing her till I go.