State oversees Celina nursing home

CELINA, Texas (AP) - Texas has taken emergency action to protect the 42 residents of a nursing home in Celina.

Attorney General Greg Abbott says an ongoing investigation found the senior citizens were living in "squalid" conditions.

A judge issued an order allowing Abbott's office and the Department of Aging and Disability Services to intervene at the Amberwood Care Center.

Abbott's office says the home had only 30 bed sheets -- for the 42 residents.

A review found patients with bed ulcers, infections and chronic pain. Some were dehydrated.

Many residents are bedridden and use ventilators.

A court order names David Crowson as temporary trustee.

The department issued $200,000 in emergency funds for supplies and nursing staff.

Abbott's office says center owner James W. Jewel is barred from interfering.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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