A daughter visiting her mother in a Twin Cities assisted living facility turned up to find her dead in her room – and had likely been that way for two days.
That's the finding of a Minnesota Department of Health investigation into the death of a 92-year-old woman, identified by police as June Alice Thompson, at The Commons on Marice senior living community in Eagan last October.
Thompson's daughter arrived at the home on Oct. 26 to find packages and two newspapers outside her mother's apartment door. When she went inside she found her body sat in a recliner wearing the same clothes as two days earlier.
Although her death was likely natural, with Thompson suffering from terminal cancer, MDH says the care home did not carry out its "I'm ok" daily check-ins on her for two days.
The care complex says it couldn't provide documentation that Thompson had been checked on for either Oct. 24 or 25, but did provide one for Oct. 26 that MDH says was a false documentation, as she was already dead on that day.
In a statement to the Pioneer Press, The Commons on Marice said it was "deeply sorry" for her family's loss but said it will appeal the findings.
"Since this incident, we immediately reviewed our existing policies and procedures and strengthened our process for conducting resident welfare checks. The care our residents receive is our top priority." executive director David Salmon told the newspaper.