Report finds danger at Sagamore Hills assisted living facility where elderly woman found dead outside

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SAGAMORE HILLS, Ohio- A report reveals more problems at a Sagamore Hills assisted living facility connected to the death of a 94-year-old woman.

A plow truck driver discovered Martha Jendrix unresponsive outside of Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills on Jan. 19. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said Jendrix died of hypothermia caused by exposure. Her death was ruled an accident.

The Ohio Department of Health sent a letter to Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills on Feb. 5, saying the conditions there “constituted a real and present danger.” The assisted living home “failed to ensure adequate supervision was provided to prevent one cognitively impaired resident from eloping from the facility.”

According to a health department report, Jendrix, who suffered from dementia, disappeared from her condo in August. She was found hiding in a storage shed two to three hours later. The report said three other residents left the facility during 2014.

Just two days after Jendrix’s death, officials found Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills' alarm systems were not working properly. When the exterior door was opened, no staff members responded.

There were also discrepancies in the records for the day Jendrix died. A nurse reported she helped Jendrix at 5 a.m. that day. But later, her statement indicated she did not care for the victim between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Fox 8 News reached out to the assisted living facility for a statement. Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills reiterated the resident's death was accidental.

"The community continues to cooperate with the Ohio Department of Health and will submit its response to the survey on a timely basis on or before February 15, 2015.  In light of the ongoing nature of the investigation and out of respect for the privacy of the deceased’s family, our residents and their families, Elmcroft has no further comment at this time," Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills said.

The facility has 30 days from the date of the letter to correct the issues or its license could be revoked.

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