TBI probing nursing home, patient abuse reported

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- The TBI is investigating allegations of patient abuse at a Johnson City nursing home where five employees were fired.

The Tennessee Department of Health suspended admissions to Appalachian Christian Village on Thursday after federal officials said the home failed to stop and immediately report allegations of the abuse of a dementia patient, according to The Johnson City Press (http://bit.ly/yjrmcy).

Attorney Eric Ebbert, who represents the nursing home, said the facility investigated and reported the incident five days after it was reported to have occurred. Ebbert said nursing home officials also reported it to local law enforcement.

He said three nursing assistants were fired after being accused of repeatedly spraying water onto a sleeping dementia patient to watch her reaction.

Two other nursing assistants were fired for providing misleading information.

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