Coroner: Nursing home resident died after complications from fall

York

The death of a nursing home resident last year was due to complications that resulted from an interaction between the 89-year-old woman and another resident, the York County coroner said Thursday.

Nancy Young, 89, died Dec. 15, seven days after a fall at Pleasant Acres Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Springettsbury Township.

Coroner Pam Gay said the interaction came after Young entered the other resident’s room. Young fell, fracturing her left wrist and femur, then became bedridden and was placed on comfort care.

Both residents reportedly had a history of cognitive impairment.

Young’s death initially was ruled a homicide because it occurred at the hands of another, but the manner of death was later changed to pending.

Gay said the death has been ruled a homicide once again because the investigation determined the fall was a result of the interaction with the other resident, and Young’s injuries and death resulted from that fall.

Gay pointed out that a coroner’s determination of homicide does not necessarily imply criminal wrongdoing.

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