Alzheimer's Patient, 84, Dumped by Hospital Outside Locked Care Facility

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.

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

A California woman is outraged after a video showed her mother, who has Alzheimer's disease, left alone outside a locked assisted living facility in the middle of the night.

"I would just like to see the hospital operate in a more responsible way", she told the TV station.

Costanza has filed a complaint against College Medical Center with the California Department of Public Health. So she says seeing security footage of 84-year-old Savina Zerbi trying to get into her care facility is heartbreaking. It doesn't appear the hospital wants to discuss the incident in a way that will improve its practices, she said.

The daughter of an 84-year-old woman with dementia filed a complaint against Long Beach, Calif. -based College Medical Center, claiming the hospital placed her mother in a cab and dropped her off outside of a locked assisted-living facility around 2 a.m. on January 13, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

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The hospital says Zerbi denied its offer to assist with transportation and insisted on being taken home. The hospital also said that "a relative and the care facility were notified that she was being discharged", the TV station reported. She said the hospital should not have listened to her mother because she had been deemed unfit to make her own decisions by her doctors, which she said she could prove in writing.

"The California Department of Public Health investigates all complaints or facility-reported incidents which may violate any state law or regulation within CDPH's authority to enforce", the agency said.

"Details about any potential pending or ongoing investigation are kept confidential until the investigation is complete and findings are issued to the facility", it reads, according to the TV station. "There is now an ongoing investigation at this facility", it added.

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. Costanza said she wanted her mother taken to another hospital, but the paramedic recommended College Medical Center because there would be less of a wait.

"I'm pretty outraged", Costanza, 51, told the Press-Telegram.

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