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Social Media Post Spurs Investigation

Published on April 4th, 2018

The Dayton Daily News reported on a social media post that went viral.  The relative of a resident posted on social media that the man was being neglected Laurels of Huber Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers.  Sara Vagedes wrote in a Facebook post that her 89-year-old grandfather was ‘badly’ in need of attention when she visited him at .

The elderly man, also a veteran, was aspirating with food piled up in his brace, fruit punch spilled across the bed sheets and trash everywhere.  Vagedes’ Facebook post, which included photos of her grandfather, went viral, and was shared nearly 20,000 times.

A reporter talked to a relative of another resident at Laurels of Huber Heights.  WHIO-TV reporter Lauren Clark asked the woman, who did not want to be identified, if she’d had any experience like the Vagedes family.

The woman said, “I think they’re really shorthanded here. And nobody can take care of a loved one like you can.”

The Ohio Department of Health has investigated nine complaints at Laurels of Huber Heights, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s website. For instance, in November, the facility was instructed to develop and implement neglect and abuse policies after the agency learned that one of the nursing home’s  employees had disqualifying criminal convictions for theft and drug possession.

Vagedes’ grandfather was transported to Grandview Medical Center and is in the intensive care unit, the family said.

 

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