Glennie Hood’s children say she was loved not only by them, but also her community. They told stories of kids from the neighborhood visiting her home and calling her grandma. No one wanted to place her in a nursing home, but it became less and less of a choice as she began developing symptoms of dementia. They chose Essex of Tallmadge because they were nearby and seemed trustworthy. As they visited and toured the facility, they were made promises that Glennie would be in safe and loving hands. Of course, that was not the case.

Hood died after the Essex of Tallmadge nursing home allowed a blister on her foot to become infected and rot. Though it was a major concern, her family and other visitors were not allowed to see the deterioration of the wound while her caretakers often insisted that it was healing properly. Then, one day, when the smell of it was overwhelming, her son asked to see his mother’s foot unwrapped, and he finally saw the damage that had been done.

A doctor was brought over to look at the blister, which had by then turned the foot into an infected, rotting, and black mass of flesh.  The doctor said it was “too far gone.” Mohing could be done and she died from the injuries.

Those representing the facility say no correlation exists between the blister and the elderly woman’s death, but her family disagrees.

Stories like this break your heart because of the trust that was abused in the process. People loved Glennie Hood. She was important. She was human. It could have been any number of things at that nursing home that led to her injury and death, but none of those things should have happened in the first place. If the home and, more broadly, the industry truly cared about Glennie Hood’s humanity, they never would have caused her so much pain.

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