When James Brown brought Pastor Julia Wiggins to visit his mother at Altercare Nobles Pond nursing home, they found her in the corner of the nurses station “face down into a soft pillow gasping for breath and strangling on her own saliva,” Wiggins wrote in a Facebook post.
“That’s my momma!” Mr. Brown reportedly cried out.
“Upon hearing her son’s voice, she tried with all her might to raise her head,” Wiggins post continues.
Wiggins said she and Mr. Brown yelled for help but it took five to 10 minutes for anyone to come and assist them. The family ultimately filed a complaint with the nursing home.
Altercare Nobles Pond said in a statement, “The resident is in no distress and remains well cared for by the Alteracre Nobles Pond team; she is comfortable and safe… Our team remains committed to providing compassionate, professional care to all residents.” The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Aging are investigating.
Wiggins’ Facebook post implored readers to check on their loved ones in nursing homes to ensure they are not being neglected.
According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), older, vulnerable adults who have been abused or neglected have a 300 percent higher risk of death than those who have not been mistreated. Warning signs of abuse or neglect include bruises, pressure marks, abrasions or burns, unusual weight loss and poor hygiene.
If abuse or neglect is suspected, a long-term care ombudsman serves as the patient’s advocate and has the power to intervene. Seeking legal representation can also help families get compensation for their loved one’s pain and suffering.