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March 18, 2013

A nursing home in Tennessee that hasn’t had any citations or infractions for over six years was accused last week of severe nursing home abuse involving two residents.

According to reports, Machokas and Margaret Adhiambo, the owners of the nursing home, have been charged with six counts of willful abuse and neglect, and two counts of gross negligence and physical abuse each.

The investigation started after loved ones of 96-year-old resident Gertrude Moore took her to a local hospital. Doctors informed the family that she was suffering from severe dehydration, a urinary tract infection, and multiple bruises on her legs and ankles. According to the victim, her caregivers had shaken her roughly.

Investigators also determined that the victims living in the Adhiambos’ nursing home were unable to move around on their own and take medication without help. In Tennessee, state law prohibits patients from moving into an unlicensed nursing home if they cannot move on their own. The Adhiambo nursing home does not currently have a state license.

According to Detective Kat Cooper with the Collegedale Police Department, the Adhiambos’ nursing home is a residential nursing home, and the caregivers don’t have the necessary skills to help the residents in the event of a fire or disaster:

“The [Machokas] cannot care for these patients with these needs. They’re not licensed to, they’re not trained to,” Detective Cooper said.

The Tennessee Department of Health, however, found no infractions in the previous years when inspecting the home. Phone calls to the department to inquire about the nursing home were not returned. Yet, family members still have the right to hire a Tennessee nursing home abuse attorney and sue the Adhiambos for personal damages even though their home is not state-certified.


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