Elderly Woman Died After Being Served Dishwashing Liquid at Senior Living Home
An elderly woman has died after allegedly being served dishwashing liquid at a nursing home where she lived. Officials have identified the victim as 93-year-old Gertrude Elizabeth Maxwell. The incident happened shortly after 8:00 pm on Sunday, August 28.
Details on the Unfortunate Event
According to reports, an Atria Park Senior Living employee mistakenly served Ms. Maxwell and two other residents dishwashing liquid instead of fruit juice. All three were sent to the hospital for evaluation and treatment, but sadly, Ms. Maxwell later died. The other two people are in critical condition.
Staff at the senior home said the employees involved in the incident have been suspended until the investigation ends, and the facility is cooperating with authorities.
The San Mateo Police Department is investigating the incident and has not shared any more information on the incident. However, they did say the California Department of Social Services is also doing its own investigation.
More About Gertrude Maxwell
The Atria Park of San Mateo is about 20 miles south of San Francisco, where Ms. Maxwell had been a long-time resident. Ms. Maxwell was a mother of eight children and a grandmother of 20 grandchildren.
Family members said Ms. Maxwell suffers from dementia and could not feed herself without assistance. Ms. Maxwell’s daughter said someone would need to hold a cup and tip it into her mother’s mouth.