75 y/o man kicked out of LTC facility for being HIV+

  1. The day after moving into Parkstone Living Center in North Little Rock, also known as Fox Ridge at North Little Rock, officials at the facility informed Franke's daughter that she had to move her father out because of his having HIV, according to the lawsuit. The 19-page lawsuit said Franke's daughter, Sara Franke Bowling, was told by the administrator of the facility that his "personal things could remain in the apartment for the time being, but that the 'body' needed to be out" of Fox Ridge almost immediately.
    The administrator then told Bowling that her father would be turned "over to Adult Protective Services if he was not out of Fox Ridge by the end of the day," the suit said.
    Schoettes said Bowling was told her father's "very presence there presented some undefined threat to the other residents."
    "I was stunned that my dad was thrown out of his new home," Bowling said during the news conference.
    Franke, who attended the news conference in a wheelchair but did stand at a podium to address reporters, said the facility was aware of his HIV status before he moved in and he was "shocked and dismayed" when told to move out.
    "I couldn't believe it," Franke said. "I still don't believe it."
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    I don't believe it either. I am very, very upset at with the administration of this facility right now. this man was a Dean at my university, not that anyone should be treated like this. I just emailed their hiring director this:

    I'm a nursing student in Little Rock, and I just heard about the horrible mistreatment of Mr. Franke by the North Little Rock Fox Ridge facility. I know that whoever is reading this email was probably not involved in the decision to force an HIV positive man to leave the facility, but please pass on to whoever is in charge that until I hear either that Mr. Franke's HIV status had nothing to do with being asked to leave, or I hear of a public apology and a complete reversal of this horrible discrimination, I will be going out of my way to make sure none of the nurses or students I work with will consider working at Fox Ridge. This kind of shameful behavior cannot be tolerated.
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  3. by   BBFRN
    This is sad. I wonder what kind of threat they think he imposes? I also wonder how many residents they have who are Hep. positive. Do they kick out residents who get shingles, too? Puhlease. I hope this man wins his lawsuit.
  4. by   oramar
    One wonders if some other resident, one who is wealthy, influentcial and has clout in the facility found out about his HIV status and made a fuss. The fact that they accept him as a resident then changed their mind makes me wonder.
  5. by   WYDiceDancer
    Always two sides to every story. I quit a job because I had to take care of an HIV+ patient. The WHOLE story is because he was a para that was abusive to staff and other patients, tried to infect ANYONE that came within "spitting distance", on the call light every 5 minutes (not an exageration) and management refused to staff better than 3:50 (1 nurse and 2 CNA's) on nights. If you say you would have stayed, you are either a liar, stupid, or have a serious martyr complex.
  6. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from WYDiceDancer
    Always two sides to every story. I quit a job because I had to take care of an HIV+ patient. The WHOLE story is because he was a para that was abusive to staff and other patients, tried to infect ANYONE that came within "spitting distance", on the call light every 5 minutes (not an exageration) and management refused to staff better than 3:50 (1 nurse and 2 CNA's) on nights. If you say you would have stayed, you are either a liar, stupid, or have a serious martyr complex.
    He wasn't there long enough to create another side to the story.
  7. by   SuesquatchRN
    I want to know how everyone found out. Can we say HIPAA violation?
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on May 15, '09
  8. by   heron
    Hope they get sued into bankruptcy!

    Ignorance, leading to panic and, probably some assumptions about the man's lifestyle ... it's a mess.

    BTW, there's never been a case of HIV resulting from being spit on, there just isn't enough virus in saliva. It's obnoxious, offensive and demeaning ... and that's enough to justify refusing to care for him. But you won't get HIV that way, so relax.
  9. by   Tweety
    Wow. Guess my head's in the sand, because I didn't realize this sort of stuff still happened.
  10. by   Tweety
    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    I want to know how everyone found out. Cane we say HIPAA violation?
    Perhaps it was a "need to know" that the admin and staff know. But you can probably bet the one doing the admision told someone who told someone who told someone.

    But the daughter went public with it as well.
  11. by   casi
    This is sickening. I'm sure there are many in that nursing home who have diseases that are even more so communicable. It's sad that this stigma still exsists.
  12. by   mandirigma12
    People with HIV are still human beings.
  13. by   cursedandblessed
    it's very sad that this has happened. without knowing all the details, which probably won't be fully known until the case is heard in court, it's difficult to make judgements. if it is due only to his hiv status, then they should be ashamed and shut down for discrimination if that's possible to do.
  14. by   nerdtonurse?
    I don't know how it happened in this case, but I can tell you how it could happen where I live. I was in the CVS early, and the pharmacy tech was listening to the voicemail....Mrs. Smith needs her BCs refilled, Mr. Smith needs is acyclovir, Ms. Jones needs her AZT.....bingo. I heard a reorder for AZT on a person I know from church.

    Honestly, I didn't think they still prescribed AZT, but apparently it's working for my fellow church goer. I called the pharmacy tech over, and told her what I'd heard and that I was a nurse and now knew someone's HIV status. She got so pale I thought she'd faint, since she realized we'd just blown HIPAA outta the water. She said she'd call the pharmacy manager at home, and get some kind of headphone setup. I was in later, and they were using headphones.

    Wonder how many pharmacies still aren't?

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