Nursing Home Questions Remain

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Officials with Guardian Angel Nursing Home in Marion admit they've had some problems. But they say they don't believe the problems warrant closing the facility.

Dozens of families are scrambling to find a new place for their loved ones to live and get the medical care they need.

But Margaret Moffite says it would have been only a matter of time before Guardian Angel shut down.

Moffite says her mother, Hazel Ann Robinson, stayed there for three months in 2007 for rehabilitation after her second stroke. Moffite said her mother was 65 and had Alzheimer's disease.

"I don't fault them for her death, but I'm just saying that, I go by Guardian Angel, and I remember how they had that woman going to the doctor and they just didn't take care of my mama," Moffite said.

"And the abuse of residents? Well, that was not substantiated. That was unsubstantiated. But it was a claim. I mean, all these are claims, right? But they're unsubstantiated, any allegations of abuse, neglect or anything of that nature," said Paulette Butler of Guardian Angel Nursing Home.

To clarify, there is a hospice unit under the Guardian Angel umbrella, in addition to the nursing home. The hospice facility is not closing.

Another health care provider is slated to lease the Guardian Angel Nursing Home building and re-open a nursing facility. But Newscenter 11 was told
it will not carry the name of Guardian Angel.

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  • by annonymous Location: Meridian on Nov 17, 2008 at 08:59 PM
    My mother passed away at the hospice unit at Guardian Angel. They were excellent to my mom, however being a nurse and a former employee at Guardian Angel the staff knew I would not tolerate the least slack in my mother being cared for. To the person that said abuse occurs in all nursing homes that is not true. I work in a nursing home and our residents are not abused they are taken good care of. If you had that big of a problem with the place you should have removed your loved one from the facility. It certainly is not easy taking care of someone at home. I know I have been there and done that. As a member of the healthcare field it is a challenge taking care of these people. You must love what you do.
  • by Terry Location: Meridian on Oct 31, 2008 at 05:19 AM
    My mother took care of my grandmother at home. The physical drain on her led to her early passing. Taking care of an adult, 24/7 in a demanding job. These homes have about 2 nurses per 25 patients. They cannot sit with each patient all the time. If you want 24 hour care then keep them at home and suffer the consequinces on your own health or hire a private nurse. No nursing home is set up for around the clock care of each individual patient. Do this as a test, take complete care of your spouse for 1 day. Feeding, getting them to and from the bathroom, bathing, dressing them, total and complete care, then multiply that experience by 12, and see how well you could handle it.
  • by Cindy Location: Meridian on Oct 30, 2008 at 04:22 PM
    My mother was put in Guardian Angel swing bed. We checked on her alot. One morning I came in and it was apparent that mother had fallen even though she was in a wheelchair. She had bruises and a swollen leg. I was told by the nurse that mother did that on purpose;she got up out of the wheelchair and played like she fell, which was a lie. Mother had to go to the restroom and had buzzed them but no one came and she tried to go on her own and fell. Most of the staff were not friendly, sitting eating snacks and not caring for the patients. I reported the horrible care that my mother had received and promptly moved her out. I was told that there was going to be some staff changes. What the lady reported about her mother was the TRUTH. Maybe now the State will reopen this Nursing home with competent staff that have a caring heart and really are concerned about the well being of their patients instead of ignoring them and telling lies to family members.
  • by Jean Location: Meridian on Oct 30, 2008 at 08:49 AM
    It is going to be extremely rough on the residents who have to move, as well as employees who have to look for work elsewhere. This is one of those situations, where there are no easy answers. Anyone who thinks it's easy to care for someone with dementia, and other health problems, such as falling regularly...should just try it sometime. It is a 24-7 occupation, and when done at home for a family member...there is no vacation, no lunch hours, no pay...and precious little gratitude. I feel badly for everyone involved. I cared for a family member who would only change clothing once a week. This was a depression-era habit, that could not have been updated, under any circumstances. Also, I agree with Maurice's earlier statements.
  • by Anonymous Location: decatur on Oct 30, 2008 at 08:13 AM
    I believe Paulette Butler caused much choas recently when running Newton Regional Hospital.It seems that Butler's main interest is making money and not caring for patients.
  • by Caring person on Oct 30, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    I am a former employee of GAHC and everything the lady said happened with her mother is the truth. So many other incidents happened also, too many to tell. I am so thankful that all has finally come to the surface and those precious residents are finally going to get the proper care they all deserve. Thank you state!!!
  • by Maurice L Location: Meridian on Oct 30, 2008 at 05:13 AM
    My father passed at this home. The care he got was excellent. What happened is a few people who put their family member in this home, did not feel they were getting the care they "deserved". They complained using the "race" card as a reason for the poor treatment they recieved. the stste not wanting to get the negative press, law suits from the minority organizations, just closed it down. People don't realize how difficult it is to take care of the elderly in these homes. Many of them are uncooperative, rude, have mental illness, and no control of bodily functions. No nursing home could stand up to extreamly close scrutiny. What is usually the case, a few people complain, and threaten the sue, and everyone has to pay. I'm sorry the caregivers lost their jobs. I couldn't have been more pleased and thankfull for the job they did with my father.
  • by Gwen Location: Meridian on Oct 30, 2008 at 04:54 AM
    Your story of possible abuse at Guardian Angel Nursing Home is not unusual. This has been an ongoing problem at nursing homes across America for decades. All nursing homes need to be investigated for possible abuse. All residents of these facilities are human beings, some in the final days or months of their lives and desire to be treated with dignity and respect. Instead, they are neglected and, at times, left to lie in their own filth. Whether patients in nursing homes are on medicaid, medicare, or private pay, should make no diffierence in the treatment received. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the lady that called the state and reported this abuse of her mother. May God continue to bless her and her family. We need more people in this world like she is. Do not let this story end by the closing of Guardian Angel. Keep it alive by interviewing others from different nuring homes in the area.
  • by Cheronica Location: Guardian Angel Worker on Oct 29, 2008 at 08:24 PM
    I'm an employee at the Guardian Angel and to see the residents lose their homes as they call it and not know whats next is terrible. Many didn't have a clue to what was going on or what next. So many whys with no answers but if we think about it really doesn't make sense. Put yourself in their position, you're at the end stage of yolur life, everythings is going well, you are adjusted to your living environment, and all of a suden, within days, you are stripped away from everything. I truly feel that there could have been a better way for this situation. If you want to know a form of abuse, well i think the state departmenthas really abuse everyone that has to pick up and leave with no form of explanation. so many have lost their jobs and dignity because of misunderstandings and things that could have been fixed in a perfect manner.
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