Former employee not surprised by nursing home injury - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Former employee not surprised by nursing home injury

A former nurse's aid at Overton Park Health Care Center says it was only a matter of time before a patient ended up missing or injured.
    
"I'm surprised it took this long," said "Mike", who asked to remain anonymous while he searches for a new job.

He presented pay stubs as proof of his former employment at Overton Park Health Care Center. 
    
Mike says he's not surprised an elderly patient ended up injured outside the elderly care facility.
    
"These people wouldn't be checked on all night long," he said. "They need to close."

He claims co-workers routinely neglected their duties, often shutting off alarms without investigating what had set them off.
    
"Shut the alarm off and never look to see if it's a resident or staff member or whatever," he said. "They just don't care."
     
Mike says he believes an alarm being ignored is how Alzheimer's patient Mary Alice Oates, 87, ended up out in the cold early Sunday morning. She was found bloodied and bruised. 

The ankle bracelet she wears should have alerted staff when she got too close to an exit.   
    
"We're just so thankful my grandmother is alive," said Oates' granddaughter Karen Tabor.
     
Oates' family doubts she'll ever be able to recount exactly what happened to her.
    
"Inside her somewhere, she knows something happened to her," says daughter Liza Monaghan. "And so, I can tell the fear is inside her."
     
Mike says he's convinced Oates would not have been left outside if every caregiver truly cared. He says he complained to supervisors on more than one occasion, and even contacted the state. 

Overton Park Health Care Center continues to refuse comment on a pending investigation. 

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