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Resident of senior-living center dies after fall from window

TNS Regional News • Jan 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

A Zanesville woman died on Friday after falling from a third-story window at a senior-living facility.

Iris Jasper, 83, died in Zanesville’s Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital of injuries she suffered in the fall at Helen Purcell, a 125-year-old privately owned nonprofit senior living center, which includes apartments, assisted-living units and full nursing-home care. About 50 people live there.

Drew McLandrich, the interim administrator at Helen Purcell, said all of the windows at the facility are equipped with a stop that allows them to be opened only a few inches. It’s possible, however, to override the mechanism, she said, which was the case in Jasper’s room.

“They (the window stops) were in place on her window,” McLandrich said. “They are defeatable, and they were defeated.” Steps will be taken to prevent that from happening again, she said.

McLandrich would not say how or why Jasper overrode the lock or how she fell, saying only that the incident remains under investigation by the facility and that law enforcement has not been involved.

Calls to the Zanesville police department were not returned.

Administrators do not believe Jasper committed suicide.

Jasper, a longtime Zanesville resident, is survived by her husband, who lives at another long-term-care facility, five sons and three daughters.

She was a volunteer at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital and, McLandrich said, “a very delightful woman.”


By Eric Lyttle - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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