After the son on an 80-year old patient revealed he found her slumped over on an office desk, choked by her own saliva, a nursing home in Ohio is raising concerns.
At the time of the accident, Esther Brown was receiving nursing home care and assisted living care at Altercare Nobles Pond in Canton, and her son, James, was with the family’s pastor when he decided to visit the facility unexpectedly.
During his late-night visit, he found Esther face down in a pillow while in a private room alone.
The disheartening sight made their pastor, Julia Wiggins, share two jarring photos of the elderly woman to convince families of other patients to make surprise visits to nursing facilities and check their loved ones there.
In a Facebook post, Wiggins explained she had taken James home to change his clothes, and when they returned, Esther was moved to a private room.
“I noticed something in the corner of the nurses’ station. After being inquisitive we approached the subject only to find out that it was Mother Esther Brown face down into a soft pillow gasping for breath and strangling on her own saliva. We were there banging on doors and yelling for help for about 5 to 10 minutes before someone came to assist.”
“Her son began to cry out that’s my momma and we hurried to her and upon hearing her son’s voice she tried with all her might to raise her head!”
“We couldn’t tell that it was a human. I thought it was a cat that they had brought in. The length of time that we spent banging, screaming and looking for assistance, she never came.”
The entire situation she witnessed made her urge people to pay visits to the facility, especially in the evenings, in order to be sure that their loved ones receive the proper care they deserve:
“People please keep a close check on any of your loved ones if they are in these places, if you don’t, you might be preparing for a home going service before you were ready to do one. I did call the Executive Director Saturday night and she finally got back to me later Monday afternoon. I’d hope this post goes viral so others will be aware of the maltreatment going on in these overpriced nursing facilities!”
Her posted photos quickly went viral and urged an investigation with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Aging.
“A few healthcare workers including nurses and CNAs have commented that the woman may have been placed in this position at the nurse’s station for her own safety. Some said that it is possible another resident moved her there.
They cite that patients with dementia can have incredible strength and dexterity, possibly leading to a situation like this. Whatever the case, the family understandably wants an investigation.”
After the family filed a complaint against Altercare Nobles Pond, the facility responded:
“We were informed of a family complaint on February 15, 2019. We have followed the protocol established regarding any allegation, including immediately reporting the concern to the Ohio Department of Health and completing an internal investigation.”
The Browns are sure their loved one was neglected there, and the health department and the care center are investigating their allegations. Watch the video to hear the story told by Esther’s family: