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December 1st, 2010

Clare Bridge nursing home in Cape Coral, Florida is under investigation by the state for nursing home abuse. Clare Bridge, which provides care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, has fired three workers amid the investigation, said a company spokeswoman.

Police were alerted earlier in the month to possible abuse in the nursing home after two family members of residents said a staff member had told them a nursing assistant was abusing residents. Holly Botsford, a spokeswoman for the nursing home’s parent company, Brookdale Senior Living, said the terminations were not related to that incident.

“Specifically, the acts for which terminations occurred were directly tied to failure to maintain confidentiality, disrespect, threatening others, and spreading gossip,” said Botsford via email.

Senior citizens are particularity vulnerable in nursing homes where they are under the care of others. Loved ones of nursing home residents need to be vigilant about the signs of nursing home abuse, and are also advised to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer if they suspect abuse.


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