Investigation of Incident Where Nursing Home Resident was Left Struggling to Breathe

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on May 1, 2019 in Nursing Home Abuse
Updated on April 25, 2024

hallways during the dayAn investigation was conducted into why an 80-year-old resident of an Ohio nursing home (Altercare of Nobles Pond in Jackson Township) was left gasping for breath and unable to lift her head before she was found by her family pastor and son back in February. The pastor posted pictures of the woman on Facebook, showing her in a wheelchair by a desk with her head pressed against a pillow.

According to the pastor’s Facebook post, she had gone home with her son to change clothes and when they came back, they were told the woman had been taken to a private room. They were told to go to the other side of the nursing facility, but they could not find anyone there.

They noticed something in the corner of the nurses station and discovered it was the son’s mother. She was struggling to breathe and suffocating in her own saliva. They rushed to help, and they yelled for more help for the next five to 10 minutes before someone came to help. If there was any further delay in help arriving, the resident may have died.

The pastor’s post on Facebook received more than 12,000 comments and 28,000 shares on Facebook.

This is not the first time the family has had problems with the facility. The pastor brought the son to the facility before the incident with his mother and the son had to buzz the facility five times before getting a response. The person who responded said the light to notify the nurse about the door never came on. This was the same nurse who neglected the mother when she was gasping for air, according to the Facebook post.

The investigation into the incident was started because the son filed a complaint. However, the investigation did not reach a conclusion. The investigation determined the complaint was unsubstantiated.

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