Nursing home investigation

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CELINA, Tex. -- The Department of Aging and Disability took over operations at the Amberwood Care Center in Celina. This comes after investigators found the center in a what they call a complete breakdown.

The department appointed a trustee to immediately take over duties at the home. The laundry list of violations include patients suffering from bed ulcers, infection, chronic pain, and stages of dehydration.

One patient said his tracheotomy tube was coated with crust, and a catheter in his arm was several days old. Ventilators for breathing assistance were set at dangerously high levels, and machines weren't properly calibrated. The home had 30 bedsheets for its 42 residents.

Authorities set a temporary restraining order for the owner of the facility, James W. Jewel. The order keeps him from interfering with the trustee's work there. The state also issued $200,000 to provide supplies and additional nursing staff.

KXII tried to contact the owner of the nursing home, the trustee appointed to run the facility, and the state agency in charge of the investigation, but no one was available for comment.

The trustee will compile a report and decide if the facility can be fixed, or if it's beyond repair. A hearing on the State's application for temporary injunction is scheduled for August 9th.

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