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Nursing-home resident wanders away, found dead in parking lot

Published: Mon, April 9, 2012 @ 6:54 p.m.

Nursing-home resident wanders away, found dead in parking lot

Staff report


An 84-year-old resident of Grace Woods Senior Living, 730 Youngstown-Warren Road, was found dead of hypothermia in the parking lot of the nursing home at 6:34 a.m. Monday after she wandered away from her room.

Eva Gorosics was in her room at 4 a.m. when an employee made her rounds. She was gone during the 6 a.m. check, Niles police said.

An employee looked for the woman in the other residents’ rooms first, then notified another employee. Police were notified that Gorosics was missing at about 6:30 a.m.

Employees found Gorosics in the parking lot covered in blankets, and ambulance personnel determined that she had died.

Capt. Ken Criswell of the Niles Police Department said an alarm system at the nursing home that would have notified employees that a door had been opened wasn’t working properly.

The person who answered the telephone at Grace Woods Monday afternoon said neither the owner or anyone else was available to speak to a reporter.


1CassAnn(252 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

She was wrapped in blankets. It should have taken longer than 2 hours for hypothermia to set in, it isn't that cold outside at night anymore. I think someone missed her at bed check.

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2FifthAve(169 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

This is obvious neglect on the part of the nursing home. Did you know, however, that if this had happened in Florida, that the family would have no legal recourse? Florida's law says that the family of a widow or widower who dies due to negligence of a doctor or facility cannot sue for damages.

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