Nursing home says daughter's visits are disruptive. But the daughter says she's "scared for my mother's life."
A probate court referee ordered a St. Paul nursing home to allow the daughter of an ailing woman to visit her mother in hospice care, despite the nursing home's claim that the daughter's conduct is "severely detrimental" to Edna Wigen's health and "disrupts the orderly and safe operation" of the facility.
Judy Luzaich, 66, of Stillwater, and two of her mother's longtime friends were barred from St. Mary's Home in St. Paul's Highland Park this year after complaining that the 91-year-old woman was receiving substandard care.
St. Paul police and officials from the state Department of Health are investigating allegations of suspicious injuries to Wigen's head, arms and legs that were photographed by her longtime friends Patty and Al Noren. Nursing home officials deny that Wigen was mistreated, saying everything done was necessary and appropriate.
Ramsey County District Court Referee Dean Maus said that Luzaich should be allowed to visit her mother three times in the next week but he didn't address future visits, leaving that to a state judge who is expected to conduct a hearing on the dispute sometime next month.
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