Care home staff left patient, 80, slumped over desk to ‘choke on her own saliva’

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CARE home staff left an 80-year-old patient slumped over the desk and choking on her own saliva.

Esther Brown’s son James found his mum “gasping for breath” and being choked by her own spit at the Altercare Noble Pond facility in Canton, Ohio.

This is how James Brown found his mother Esther Brown, 80, when he returned to the care home for a second time in a day
This is how James Brown found his mother Esther Brown, 80, when he returned to the care home for a second time in a day
James Brown

Brown visited his mum earlier that day and everything was normal, but when he returned later the same day he was told the women had been moved to a private room.

He discovered her slumped over the office desk with a pillow to support her head after finding her with the family’s pastor Julia Wiggins.

Brown told WOIO how he found his mother on February 15.

He said: “In the pillow. Her head was in the pillow face down and there was a cover over her head and over her shoulders.

“I walked over there, looked around and said, ‘What’s that?’ And I said, ‘That’s my mama.”’

Wiggins shared two photos on Facebook urging families to check on their loved ones in surprise visits to their care homes.

‘GASPING FOR BREATH’

She wrote: “Mother Esther Brown face down into a soft pillow gasping for breath and strangling on her own saliva, 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!

“I was able to capture two pictures to share with you so you would know, never to leave your loved ones in the care of people who are only on the job for a paycheck!!!

“We were there banging on doors and yelling for help for about 5 to 10 minutes before someone came to assist.

“I am very upset that of all nursing facilities, this one was supposed to be the best in all of Stark County!!!!

“People you need to make random visits during the 2nd and 3rd shifts, because this is how lazy good for nothing attendant’s treat your loved ones.”

Brown has filed a complaint with the facility about the care his mother is receiving and is now spending every night with his mother.

The Altercare Nobles Pond Executive Director called Wiggins and told her: “We are in contact with her family including her son who visits daily.

“The resident is in no distress and remains well cared for by the Altercare Nobles Pond team of dedicated professionals. She is comfortable and safe.”

A statement from Atercare Nobles Pond read: “Altercare Nobles Pond received the preliminary report from the Ohio Department of Health, which states that the complaint was found to be unsubstantiated.


“The report will be reviewed by the Akron district office of the Ohio Department of Health.

“Additionally, the Ohio Department of Health made no citations related to the complaint.”

Beverley Laubert, with the Ohio Department of Aging,called the photos “very disturbing” and “worthy of an investigation”.

Brown filed a complaint with the care home after his mother was reportedly gasping for air in the position pictured
Brown filed a complaint with the care home after his mother was reportedly gasping for air in the position pictured
James Brown
The Altercare Nobles Pond facility is in Canton, Ohio
The Altercare Nobles Pond facility is in Canton, Ohio
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