The Associated Press
Oregonlive.com
February 20, 2009

FLORENCE, Ore. (AP) — An extended living center in Florence is being sued for alleged abuse and neglect for the second time in two years.

A lawsuit was filed Thursday in Lane County on behalf of an unidentified couple for $1 million against Elderberry Square.

Attorney Kelly Clark said the 80-year old man was suffering from advanced dementia. Clark said when his wife visited him over two months she repeatedly found him unattended and soiled in his own waste and that he fell several times and broke a wrist.

Clark said the previous suit was brought in 2007 and was prompted by the death of an Alzheimer’s patient who allegedly was also repeatedly left unattended.

He said in that case state investigators determined the allegations to be documented.