Shooting the Messenger

A Mannford, Oklahoma woman, Diana Harris, is suing Cimarron Pointe Care Center and one of its contractors for wrongful termination after she reported abuse and neglect of the nursing facility’s residents. In the lawsuit, Harris said she worked as a housekeeper at the facility for three months and was paid by Health Care Services Group, a Tulsa company contracted by the home to provide cleaning services, and supervised by nursing home staff. During her employment, Harris said she observed numerous instances of improper care of the home’s residents. “Mrs. Harris observed a male resident who had been left in his own waste for so many hours that he had feces caked on to his leg from his hip to below his knee, and had wet himself at least one time,” according to court filings. Harris told the Tulsa World she saw the man sitting in his waste and reported it to her supervisor, the head nurse and two nurse’s aides. Her supervisor sprayed deodorant in the man’s room to cover the smell. The aides said they would leave him for the next shift. “Two and a half hours later, he was still sitting in his own waste,” Harris said. “He couldn’t say nothing. I would always talk to him. He would just light up when I went to clean his room. It’s heartbreaking when you see a resident not being taken care of.”

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