GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A 911 call in Bakersfield, California ignites controversy when an employee of an independent living facility refused to perform CPR on a client who later died.
The center is backing the employee, saying she did exactly what she was supposed to do.
It is important to be aware of the polices in place for independent living facilities before a loved one moves in. It may affect the care residents are given in critical situations.
Four local independent living facilities tell KKCO if they have anything in their policies that prevents employees from following the directions of emergency services personnel. Mesa View and The Atrium are both managed by Holiday Retirement and they released a statement.
"There is nothing in our policy that prevents employees from following directions of emergency services personnel."
The Cottages of Hilltop also follow similar guidelines.
"I would find that, at least at Hilltop, I can't imagine having a policy where our employees would have to choose a policy over the job and not doing the right thing for our residents, It's one-hundred percent doing the right thing for the resident," said Kathy Story the Director of The Commons of Hilltop.
I spoke with Sigi Preuschl the Assistant Administrator at Spring Creek Chalet in Montrose and she says it's up to the client.
"Each resident has their own policy in place so if they are a do not resuscitate we don't resuscitate, but if they ask to be resuscitated then they will be resuscitated," said Sigi Preuschl.
The CPR controversy raises eyebrows when it comes to The Good Samaritan Law. The law is found on the books in California and Colorado.
"The Good Samaritan is there to back us up in these instances exactly. There shouldn't probably be a policy that says we cannot ever provide services to somebody when we don't know what their wishes are,” said Kathy Story.
When it comes to CPR, a local firefighter, stresses the importance of it.
"It's literally the matter of life and death, CPR," explained Derek Trombetta.