Maplewood Manor resident found dead outside facility

December 22, 2012
Updated 10:09 p.m.
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Maplewood Manor, Saratoga County's public nursing home in Ballston Spa, is seen in this photo from November.
Maplewood Manor, Saratoga County's public nursing home in Ballston Spa, is seen in this photo from November.

— An 85-year-old Maplewood Manor resident died after falling from the second-story window of his private bedroom, police said Saturday.

The man, who was not being identified Saturday night, was in his bed for the 11 p.m. bedcheck Friday, but when officials came through for the next scheduled check at 1 a.m., he was gone, said Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Alan Grattidge.

“He somehow got out,” said Grattidge, who noted the man was housed in the dementia section. “[Staff] searched the floor, and they found him outside the facility.”

Ballston Spa police said they received a 911 call about 1:20 a.m., reporting the man had fallen from his second story window. Officers responding found the man on the ground in an enclosed area near the building, where he was being attended to by the Community Emergency Corps of Ballston Spa.

The man was declared dead at Saratoga Hospital, according to a news relase from the county. The fatality has since been reported to the state Department of Health. A cause of death has not been released.

The county will not provide additional information until a comprehensive investigation into the incident is completed. Ballston Spa police also wouldn't provide additional information Saturday.

The county is planning to transfer the 237-bed public nursing home to a new local development commission as an initial step toward selling it to a private operator. Any sale of Maplewood Manor likely wouldn’t be completed until late 2014.

Millions of dollars are lost by the county each year on the nursing home, which is why the county plans to sell the property, but moves to privatize the operation have been controversial. Nursing home employees and family members of residents spoke out about the idea at a supervisors meeting last month, although none attended any of the public county budget meetings since then.

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