The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the tragic and preventable death of nursing home resident Dorothy Broome. Police were dispatched to the area about 10 p.m. Aug. 25 after a man saw the woman’s wheelchair in the ditch on his way home from work. Broome was found face down along South Main Street.
Broome was a wheelchair dependent resident at Gilmer Nursing Home who was found in a nearby ditch and later died after she fell while leaving the facility after a fire alarm was pulled, unlocking the doors. Earlier that night, a fire alarm was pulled and Broome fell as she was leaving the building and sustained multiple injuries, the nursing home said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through its attorneys.