EASLEY—Easley Police are investigating the death of an 84-year old woman who died at a local nursing home June 30 from what could be heat-related causes, according to officials.
Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelly said an unresponsive Eloise Arnold was transported from Majesty Health and Rehab to Baptist Easley Hospital where she was then pronounced dead.
An autopsy to confirm cause of death was conducted on Monday, and Kelly says the results should be in within 4-6 weeks. The Coroner’s report also stated that Easley Police are investigating.
In a statement, Majesty officials said they could not comment on individual cases.
“Due to resident privacy laws Majesty cannot comment on any specific resident issues but will as always cooperate with all appropriate agencies regarding the safety of our residents,” said Administrator Sandra Ferguson.
According to The Weather Channel, temperatures in Easley reached a high of 102 outside on Saturday. Ferguson, however, says the nursing home has tried to take all proper precautions during the recent heat wave.
“Majesty, like all skilled nursing homes in the United States affected by the current heat wave, is most concerned for its residents,” stated Ferguson. “The Majesty facility has taken additional steps to ensure all of the residents here are properly hydrated and as cool as possible in this heat. There is AC available in the facility and we are doing everything possible to supplement the system during this heat wave. The facility will continue to do all that it can to ensure the residents are safe.”