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Health officials say Easley nursing home gave 'substandard' care

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Majesty Health and Rehab nursing home is located in Easley. (File/FOX Carolina) Majesty Health and Rehab nursing home is located in Easley. (File/FOX Carolina)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Months after an elderly woman's death inside the Majesty Health and Rehab nursing home, health inspectors have released their findings on what went wrong.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control's report said Majesty failed to provide care and services that met professional standards of practice for all of its residents in a unit where a woman died.

Eloise Arnold, 84, died this summer from heat exposure. The report said when an officer arrived for a welfare check, Arnold was gasping for air and had no pulse.

In addition, investigators said the air temperatures inside the rooms in that unit were anywhere between 83 and 90 degrees, and the vents had little to no air flow.

The report also said two other residents also showed signs of being affected by the heat. A total of 26 residents in all had to be moved from that unit.

Supervisors at Majesty Health and Rehab were not working Wednesday evening when we called for comment.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said Arnold's death was accidental, caused by a rise in body temperature (hyperthermia) and an overdose of an antidepressant. She said Arnold's other health conditions factored into her death as well.

Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said he does not believe any criminal charges beyond a reasonable doubt. He said they will evaluate any new evidence that may be found by police if it is found.

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