From CBS 11 Investigators
KAUFMAN (CBSDFW.COM) – Bobby Berry says it’s still difficult to look at his grandmother like this.
The wheelchair bound 88 year old Sammie Berry, who has Alzheimers, somehow received this gash on her forehead and much of her face turned black and blue while a patient at the Kaufman Healthcare Center.
Kaufman police are continuing their investigation.
Bobby Berry says, “I’m kind of hoping it was a freak accident or something. I don’t want to find out there’s somebody in the nursing home somewhere that has these capabilities.”
Police say they’re interviewing employees here.
Dallas attorney Peter Schulte is a former police officer, and says, “Who was around when the injury happened, and they’re going to focus, police are going to focus their investigation on those individuals to see if they can help explain why the injuries happened.”
The CBS-11 I-Team has learned the nursing home has been cited in the past by the Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services:
- In April, 2011, the agency found the facility provided sub-standard quality of care, and the nursing home paid a $2,405 civil penalty.
- In February, 2012, the state also found the facility had sub-standard quality of care.
- The nursing home paid a $6,500 civil penalty, and the agency wouldn’t pay the facility for new admissions for most of April of last year.
- And in March of last year, the department substantiated a complaint of verbal, mental abuse against a patient, but didn’t cite the nursing home because an employee was found at fault – the facility’s procedures and protocols were in compliance.
As for the Berry family, they’re awaiting answers about what happened.
Jessica Berry, the woman’s great grand-daughter says, “I’m still in shock about everything. It’s like a nightmare that I can’t wake up from.”
The nursing home issued a statement Tuesday: “Safety and the well-being of our residents are our paramount focus. We are looking at all of our employees and any outside vendors who had access to the facility: housekeeping, hospice, everybody.”
The nursing home’s attorney says it’s helping police to reach a conclusion.
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