Nursing home investigation

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

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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  • by audra Location: gainesville on Jul 27, 2007 at 12:48 PM
    to all people who say the blaylock family should have GOTTEN THEIR DAUGHTER OUT OF AMBERWOOD SOONER ... just remember MY FAMILY DID TRY EVERYTHING TO GET HER OUT....NO ONE ELSE WOULD TAKE HER!!!!!! ...NO ONE...when your loved one is this hurt and you yourself is NOT A DOCTOR all you can do is pray they are doing things right.we all notice things we dont like in nursing homes ..mostly small things but enough to make you complain ..and we did ..we DID NOT KNOW how bad it was till NOW..everyday praying that the DOCTORS get rid of her fevers and infections...AND DONT THINK FOR ONE MINUTE WE DIDNT WANT TO put her in a van and go ...GO WHERE ? !!!!!!!!!!! WHERE WHERE WHERE...SHE NEEDED MACHINES AND DOCTORS TO ....LIVE.....PLEASE do not judge not judge...our hands being tied was the UNDERSTATEMENT OF A LIFETIME...THE BLAYLOCKS NEED YOUR HELP....GOD BLESSS
  • by Phil Location: Sherman on Jul 26, 2007 at 09:04 AM
    A lot of people are not aware of how often these care homes change owners. Sometimes 2 or 3 times a year. They are bought only as a way to repidly FLIP and make a profit simply by applying a few coats of paint. Not all care homes do this, but a lot of the small town ones do. Anonymous, you leave Mr.X alone. How else are we to know who needs to be hung and who doesnt???
  • by Beth Location: Sherman on Jul 26, 2007 at 08:52 AM
    I am 47 years old and I have been working in nursings homes since I was 16 years old and believe me NOT all nursings homes are that way. The ones I have been in the staff loves the residents as much as their own family does. And yes some familys memebrs drop their loves one off and never look back yes that does happen but let me tell you this...I have seen the staff come together and take care of them and loves as much as their own. So no most nursing homes are not just a dumping groung. To me the residents are my family and I love them very much. We have weekly partys, outings to wal-mart and to other facility, to the zoo and at the holidays we are in the parades we go christmas light looking we do karoke monthly we do card games and other games we have singers come in, I can go on and on about all the other stuff that we do with our residents. We don't have any death hall here. And we never know when we are going to have an state inspection, it's against the law for the state to let us know ahead of time they just walk in. And if all of you concern people out there want to do something why don't YOU try and volunteering at a home. Your time in reading a book, letter or just visiting with some one would help out a lot. Everyone sure wants to bitch about every thing but know one wants to help out. But just look around is not just nursing homes, kids are neglected every day in their own homes. And in the news paper we hear of older people being neglected in their own homes by their own family members. So NO it's just not in nursing homes it's all over but it's the nursing home that gets all the bad publicity. Don't let one bad home hurt the rest of us. So lets see some new faces in the homes, come on in and meet someone new who would love to visit with you. We would love to have you!
  • by Betty Location: Sherman on Jul 26, 2007 at 07:10 AM
    I completely disagree. All nursing homes do stink!!! Even is staff cares. There's always THAT smell. I know, I'm a nurse...
  • by Anonymous Location: Texas on Jul 26, 2007 at 05:42 AM
    Where the sheets given to residents who actually had visitors? Seems like with 42 residents, someone would have family members who visited. Too often nursing homes are like animal shelters, dropoffs for someone you don't want to deal with. I agree, a lot of employees are there for the paycheck, but there are some who care. I myself feel the caring ones are a minority. The bottom line is the administrator needs to get out of the office and see what's going on, visit with the residents. That way if something is wrong, he or she will see a problem and can fire whoever isn't doing their job.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2007 at 02:37 PM
    Mr. X in Texas..............drop the "Hang Him"'s getting old.
  • by James Location: Fobb on Jul 25, 2007 at 01:17 PM
    Most people treat nursing homes as dumping grounds for the old and the sick. If people really cared about thier loved ones they wouldn't be a need for these death halls at all. Thats right death halls, more often than not people are brought there abanoned and left to die. There are cases where this isn't the case and someone truly needs help taking care of thier loved ones. But if everyone their was loved or even missed enough for someone to go by and check on them this kinda neglect couldn't happen.
  • by " Mr X" Location: TEXAS on Jul 25, 2007 at 01:10 PM
    " Hang Him"
  • by Brett Location: Oklahoma on Jul 25, 2007 at 12:43 PM
    I have spent over half of my life working in nursing homes. I started out washing dishes and now serve as the Administrator of a large nursing facility and assisted living community. I agree that the allegations towards this facility are horrific, and if true, those responsible for such conditions must be held accountable. Unfortunatly, these stories make the entire industry look bad. Some of the comments posted on this story are completely off base, and without merit. GREAT THINGS happen in nursing homes every day! Here are some shocking truths about nursing homes: 1) All nursing homes don't stink! 2) The staff actually care! 3) Unlike hospitals, all inpections are at random, and it is against the law for the nursing home to have prior knowledge of an inspection! 4) The staff actually care! Oh yeah, I already said that. I know you must be amazed, but it's true. If you don't believe me, go see for yourself!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2007 at 11:56 AM
    It is truly a shame that incidents such as these occur and cast a shadow over the entire industry. Obviously, there are big problems at the facility mentioned in this article and appropriate action should, and will be taken. But the notion that all nursing homes "stink of urine and feces" and the patients are "rotting" is ridiculous. Also, the person that said "all nursing homes are tipped off about an inspection" couldn't be more wrong. That sort of thing is a felony, and just doesn't happen. If you truly care about the elderly and the care that they receive in nursing homes, I encourage you to volunteer your time at a local nursing home and become familiar with the good things that happen every day. Please don't take the word of such fools! Be your own judge.
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