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Employees accused of abuse fired from Oklahoma City nursing home

In a statement, the administrator of Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center condemned the actions of two employees accused of abusing an elderly patient and said the nursing home is assisting police.
by Juliana Keeping Published: April 18, 2012

Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has fired employees accused of abusing a 96-year-old patient with dementia, according to a statement issued Wednesday.

Police on Monday arrested Lucy Waithira Gakunga, 23, and Caroline Kaseke, 28, both of Oklahoma City, on one complaint each of neglect by caretaker.

The nursing assistants are accused of abuse after being caught on a camera hidden by the victim's family. The family placed the camera in the room because they suspected someone was stealing from the patient's room.

An incident report police released Tuesday states the video shows Gakunga shoving latex gloves into the patient's mouth and forcibly holding them there as Kaseke watches. The video also shows Gakunga lift the patient into bed and then pushes the side of her face to force her to lie down, the police report states.

In a statement, the administrator of the nursing home, 13500 Brandon Place, said the acts of two employees accused of abuse are not representative of the home's 116 employees.

"As stewards of our residents' well-being, we share in the community's outrage over these inhumane acts,” Amanda Penrod said in a statement. “We hold ourselves to the highest of standards and have zero tolerance for such behavior or conduct, which is why we immediately contacted the police.”

The for-profit facility is owned by Westlake Nursing Home L.P. of Dallas, Texas, according to the state Health Department. The most recent inspection by the state showed it has 92 residents in its care.

by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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