Monday, June 24, 2013

Newport police investigating elder abuse claim

Newport Township police are investigating a report of abuse against a resident at a local nursing home.
Police were recently notified about the allegations and have been interviewing employees at Guardian Eldercare Center, 147 Old Newport St., to determine what happened, Newport Township police Chief Jeremy Blank said today. One instance of elder abuse has been reported, he said.
Blank declined to specify what the alleged abuse entailed, citing an ongoing investigation, but said the allegations were not sexual in nature.
The Guardian Eldercare Center released a statement saying administrators learned about an alleged incident of abuse on Wednesday and contacted police, as required by law.
“The facility is working in conjunction with local law enforcement and all other appropriate regulatory agencies to ensure ongoing resident safety,” the statement said. “Guardian Eldercare Center takes allegations of resident abuse very seriously and has a zero tolerance policy for any violation of resident rights.”
The statement did not address the nature of the alleged abuse, nor whether any staff members had been disciplined.
The center has had some troubles in the past, according to records from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.Newport Twp. police investigating elder abuse claim - News - Citizens' Voice

by Bernard Hamill
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