Video Captures Possible Abuse At North Carolina Nursing Home

Posted on Jun 18, 2011
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has launched an investigation against the Edwards Group Home in Hookerton after a neighbor to the nursing home shot a home video that appears to show a staff member physically abusing a mentally ill resident of the home.

It is the second such investigation in as many months for the private nursing home which receives North Carolina state funding.

During the alleged nursing home abuse incident, nearby resident Sherri Taylor said that she and her husband Danny heard a commotion at the nursing home and saw fighting break out in the yard of the facility. Sherri grabbed her cell phone and shot three minutes of footage, which allegedly shows a staffer shoving a hysterical woman. Just days later, the nursing home put up black mesh to block their view.

In April, the nursing home was fined $500 after different neighbors called the fire department – one of the clients had set a shrub outside the building on fire. The Taylors say that these incidents are far from the first – at least four residents have escaped from the home in the recent past, some of them lying in the street or trying to solicit rides.

Taylor, as well as investigators, can’t help but wonder what violations are occurring inside the group home if so many instances of neglect and abuse can be seen in the front yard.

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