Former nursing home employee speaks out about abuse allegations

Published: Feb. 2, 2012 at 2:50 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2017 at 12:08 AM CST
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BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - We have follow up to a story about alleged abuse at a Brandon nursing home.

Several people contacted WLBT sharing similar stories.

A former nursing home employee said she was a witness to the abuse and neglect.

Ex-Brandon Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center employee who we'll call "Ann" worked as a certified nursing assistant at the facility for about six weeks.

"while I worked there I reported several cases of abuse," said Ann.

The health professional said she left after repeatedly seeing elderly patients neglected, left for hours in their waste and treated cruelly.

"I witnessed a gentleman fall out of his wheelchair and I witnessed one of the other aides that I was shadowing pull his shirt up over his head and when she did that his head bounced and hit the floor," said the certified nursing assistant.

The 30 year old wife and mother said she told her supervisors about the abuses but nothing was ever done.

She was disturbed by the sight of 74 year old Tommi Lovern's injuries.

"I definitely believe what the people are saying," said Ann.

"My dad was fine until he went to that nursing home. He was in his right mind and it's like he went down and down and down from there," said Renee Guy Thomas.

The Brandon resident said her father, 71 year old R. G. Guy, suffered a stroke and went to the facility for rehabilitation in 2008.

"my Daddy was in his right mind. Nothing was wrong with my Daddy. He just couldn't walk...My dad was there for two weeks and they mistreated my daddy. They let my daddy fall off the bed. The C.N.A.'s would be in the waiting room just asleep when I come in there," said Thomas.

The 35 year old waitress said she was forced to take her father to his Morton home where he died about six weeks later.

Thomas also accuses the center of giving her father Atavan to keep him quiet.

She wants the nursing home closed.

"I would just like justice to be served for my dad and plus all the elderly," said Thomas.

"I think that they need to be inspected. I'm not gonna say that they need to be shut down because there are great people that work there that actually do care about what they do," added Ann.

Brandon Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center officials would not comment on the allegations.

We contacted the Attorney General's Office for information on investigations into the claims and the facility and were told the agency could not confirm nor deny any such investigations.

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