Complaint Dementia patient discharged in taxi, left outside

Leslie Hanson
February 2, 2019

Zerbi was left outside the facility for an unknown period of time before she successfully made her way inside, though it's not now clear how she managed to enter the building, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, which first reported the news.

Video shows the elderly woman banging on a door and windows outside of Regency Palms, and later walking through a dark alley in bathrobe and sandals.

Costanza Zerbi said the hospital knew her mother had Alzheimer's disease and was supposed to alert her when she was discharged. However, it is unclear how long she was outside for or who let her in.

The daughter spent about four hours at College Medical Center waiting for her mother to be evaluated, but then left around 11 p.m.to take care of her children.

"I would just like to see the hospital operate in a more responsible way", she told the TV station. Savina was released, but she was put in a taxi instead of getting a ride from family.

The hospital responded Wednesday to say the patient refused help getting home.

A Long Beach medical center says it will meet with relatives of a dementia patient, who claim the woman was placed in a taxi and dumped outside her home in the middle of the night. Costanza Zerbi says Alzheimer's has left her mother with the cognitive abilities of a small child and she can not be left alone.


Costanza Zerbi says she has filed a complaint with the state, but does not plan to sue, although she says she has found other allegations online of patient dumping involving College Medical Center.

Now, the upset daughter says she is hoping to make sure something like this doesn't happen at the hospital again, as reported by KCAL.

Savina Zerbi turned down an offer to assist with transportation and asked to be taken home, the hospital said, according to the affiliate. "She has the mental capacity of a toddler", Zerbi said of her mother's mental state. "Letting her choose is pretty insane".

She filed a complaint against the hospital with the California Department of Public Health. "There is now an ongoing investigation at this facility".

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that includes symptoms like disorientation, confusion about events, time and place, suspicion of loved ones and caregivers, and mood changes.

However, after seeing the hospital's statement on the matter, Costanza said she would refuse to attend, calling the meeting a "media play".

The Mighty reached out to Regency Palms and College Medical Center for comment and has yet to hear back.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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