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Estate of woman who died at nursing home sues

Published: Thu, April 11, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.

Estate of woman who died at nursing home sues


The administrator of the estate of a nursing home patient who died a year ago, after walking out of the facility and dying of hypothermia, has sued Grace Woods and an employee.

The suit names Grace Woods, 730 Youngstown-Warren Road, and employee Andrea Clark of Liberty as defendants. The patient was Eva Gorosic, who was 84 when she died April 9, 2012.

The suit says Grace Woods and Clark “negligently failed to provide [Gorosic] with adequate, appropriate and timely medical treatment, nursing care and other services, consistent with the program for which she contracted.”

At the time of Gorosics’ death, Clark was the only resident-care assistant on duty to supervise about 30 residents, according to Vindicator files. Gorosics was in her room at 4 a.m. when Clark checked on her but was missing at 6 a.m., said Niles police, who were notified at 6:30 a.m. after a search of the other residents’ rooms.

The suit says Gorosics suffered as a result of the negligence of the nursing home “injuries to her head, arms, knees and other parts of her body, suffered great pain of body and mind, suffered mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation and loss of dignity, and died.”

A call to the nursing home Thursday afternoon was not returned.

An investigation later in April by the Ohio Department of Health concluded that conditions at the facility at the time of Gorosic’s death constituted a “real and present danger” to residents.

In May, the state said the nursing home had “substantially corrected all licensure violations.”

Clark, who was fired from Grace Woods, was convicted in Niles Municipal Court April 4, 2013, of misdemeanor patient abuse, fined $250 and placed on one year probation.

The suit seeks unspecified damages.


1lilsis(2 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I am not familiar with this facility but how Does one resident care assistant care for 30 clients??? Is that the norm??? Sounds like the facility needed some type of alarm system to warn of clients who may or may not have all there faculties from escaping at 4 am.

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2nojimbo(286 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The article wrongfully calls Grace Woods a "nursing home". Grace Woods provides assisted living and is licensed as a "residential care facility" under Ohio law. This is an unreported problem throughout the state --- assisted living/residential care facilities housing people who really need nursing home level of care. The staffing standards are much lower at RCFs than nursing homes. You get residents who wander and need almost constant supervision placed in the wrong type of facility. Sometimes it's the RCF overselling its ability to care for people just to fill all the beds. Sometimes it's the family of residents trying to save thousands of dollars a year by choosing a cheaper alternative to a true nursing home. Families need to know the difference between an assisted living/RCF and a nursing home. Unfortunately this article only muddies the waters. It would be nice if the reporter could educate him/herself before writing.

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