SCOTT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Two separate investigations have been launched into an incident at Providence Point, a gated retirement community in Scott Township.
An elderly man who lives there spent the night outdoors one night this week and the staff didn’t know until the following morning, according to a source.
The source says he may have been outside for 15 to 18 hours. Scott Police say they have started an investigation to see if there was patient neglect.
The state Department of Public Welfare is also looking into it. The probe began Friday and it could last a week.
Al Allison, president and CEO of Baptist Homes which operates Providence Point, released a written statement.
“There was no abuse. One of our residents decided to go out into our secured courtyard last evening. He is an alert and oriented adult who can exercise his rights to come and go as he pleases. He spent the night in the enclosed courtyard. The door to the courtyard is an automatic handicap accessible door.”
It’s the same retirement facility that was victimized by a security guard who allegedly stole $150,000 in items from residents.