Report: Nude photos, poor treatment at Pigeon Forge nursing home

Report: Nude photos, poor treatment at Pigeon Forge nursing home

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A 55-page document outlines allegations against the Pigeon Forge Care and Rehabilitation Center. A 55-page document outlines allegations against the Pigeon Forge Care and Rehabilitation Center.
"I want them to go to jail. I want something done," said the daughter of one resident, Shirley Atkins. "I want them to go to jail. I want something done," said the daughter of one resident, Shirley Atkins.
Atkins identified her mother, Pauline Brown, in one image. Atkins identified her mother, Pauline Brown, in one image.

By HANA KIM
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) -- An investigation into a Pigeon Forge nursing home has revealed disturbing allegations of employees taking dozens of nude and partially nude pictures and videos of residents.

A 55-page document has been released by the state Department of Health outlining those incidents and others at the Pigeon Forge Care and Rehabilitation Center.

The report reveals 12 residents were identified in 47 cell phone pictures and 27 videos taken from 2007 though this year.

A certified nursing assistant (CNA) admits to taking the pictures and videos.

According to the report, she says none of the pictures were forwarded and claims they were only for "memories."

A second CNA admitted to seeing the pictures and video being taken.

Both of the employees have been fired.

Along with the nudity, the images show evidence of poor care, such as food running down a resident's face during a meal.

The report also includes accounts of taunting and inappropriate comments, such as employees demanding residents to say "I love you."

The daughter of one of the nursing home residents says she is upset by the revelations of the report.

"I've been up all night long and nobody is telling me nothing," said Shirley Atkins.

Atkins says she wants an explanation because what she's heard so far is unbelievable. "You don't take nude pictures of elderly people like that."

Atkins identified her mother, Pauline Brown, in one image.

"I believe in my heart these nude pictures of these elderly people were taken and I believe they are on a dirty Web site somewhere," Atkins said.

The Department of Health's report details two instances where, Adkins says, her mother was mistreated.

"Resident's bed shaken by two employees while resident repeatedly says "no, no, no," the report says.

In a second case, the report states a resident's bed was shaken by two employees while the resident moaned while someone is heard in the background laughing and yelling.

"She can't even move her leg," Atkins said about her mother. "She can move one hand barely. She can't speak. She don't deserve this is sick!"

Atkins says she is speaking out so that others aren't hurt. But more importantly, "I want them to go to jail. I want something done. It's like everybody is covering up. Nobody is giving names. I have no clue if it was a man or woman who done this to her."

The names of those involved in the alleged incidents at the nursing home will only be released if they are charged in this case.

The report also states that the workers involved had no intentions of hurting anyone.

It quotes them as saying they thought the pictures were cute and that the residents "were their babies."

Admissions were suspended at the Pigeon Forge Care and Rehabilitation Center in late May.

That suspension was lifted last week.

6 News spoke briefly spoke with the manager at the nursing home, but he declined to talk about the case.

 

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