After spending 53 months on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services "special focus facilities" list and receiving complaints from families of patients living at Autumn Healthcare’s Zanesville location, the Ohio Attorney General’s office installed security cameras in the facility to figure out what was going on.
"They had problems in the past. It was a likely place for us to go into and we did that with the permission of the patients and/or their family. So we installed a device to observe what was going on in that room and that’s what we did and frankly what we saw was appalling and sickening," said DeWine.
After reviewing the videos, DeWine’s office notified the Ohio Department of Health, who then notified the owner of the nursing home and recommended to revoke their license. DeWine acknowledged the good nursing homes in Ohio, but also had a message to the ones who aren’t giving the proper care.
"If you’re not loving and caring and not taking care of the people and you’re doing some of the abuse that was going on in here, they better watch out because we’re going to use these cameras and we’re going to put them in other nursing homes where we think it’s appropriate."
ODH and the Ohio Department of Aging are assisting current patients at Autumn Healthcare of Zanesville with relocation and are on site to make sure patients are being cared for until the closing of the nursing home, which is expected in 60 days. No other locations of Autumn Healthcare are being closed at this time. WHIZ reached out to the corporate office who said they are not making any comments at this time.