Fort Mill police, firefighters and EMS come to the aid of an elderly woman left alone

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FORT MILL — Police and other first responders came to the aid of an elderly Starnes Point Court woman recently when a fill-in care provider called and requested a welfare check, according to a Fort Mill Police Department incident report.

The elderly woman in her 80s has an aide provided by a home care firm. When that aide was away on vacation, another employee filling in for her went to the woman’s home, but could not get inside. The fill-in aide told police she was able to reach the elderly woman by phone and was told she was too sick to get out of bed and open the door.

One of the Fort Mill Police officers who responded investigated, checking with the home care firm to find out if the elderly woman had any immediate medical concerns and to verify when an aide with the company last saw the woman. According to the report, a supervisor the officer spoke to “became uncooperative” and the officer decided to speak again with the elderly woman inside her home. She told the officer that she had been alone for two days since her regular aide had last visited and that she was unable to get out of bed, the report states.

The officer contacted the Fort Mill Fire Department and EMS to gain entry into the home and transport the woman to a medical facility, if necessary. The woman was taken by ambulance to CMS-Pineville for observation.

The case has been referred to the S.C. Department of Social Services and an investigation is continuing.