Our Atlanta nursing home abuse attorneys read an article about an investigation into management of a senior citizen home for exploitation of elderly residents of the Loving Care Senior Citizen Home in Columbus, Georgia. The owner, director, and maintenance manager were among those arrested in connection with Loving Care’s ongoing abuse and exploitation of residents.
Sheryl Drakeford, the director of Loving Care, was charged on December 4th with intimidating or exploiting a disabled adult, and also a misdemeanor charge of operating a personal care home without a license. Bruce Davis was also arrested in connection with these crimes. Marcus Miles and KaShonda Miles were also charged in connection with Loving Care for aggravated child molestation, two counts of false imprisonment, and two counts of sexual assault of a person while in custody. A fifth suspect, Tina Drakeford, was also arrested just last week. She is charged with exploitation of a disabled or elder adult.
Several patients stated that they hadn’t received money that was funneled through Ms. Drakeford. She is accused of taking hundreds of dollars from her often needy victims, sometimes collecting money from those that had no place to stay or had moved out. But that is the tip of the iceberg with the cruel abuse allegedly perpetrated at Loving Care, a place where elderly and disabled adults should be cared for but instead were mistreated and abused in shocking ways. In addition to financial fraud, residents were not given proper medical care and medical records were improperly kept, residents lived in unsanitary conditions, and were also subjected to physical cruelty and even sexual abuse. Sgt. Mark Richards of the Columbus Police Department’s Bureau of Investigative Services and Special Victim’s Unit said in a statement that the residents were also not given enough food in the facility that was poorly equipped and understaffed. Investigators found remnants of bugs, food items covered in roach feces, and long expired and rusted canned goods when they searched the premise.
The facility was also incredibly overcrowded, with some residents sleeping on couches or on a bathroom floor. Rooms meant for two residents were housing three. Sometimes Ms. Drakeford would take excess elderly patients and keep them at her home, when Loving Care was overcrowded, or worse outsource them to other unlicensed homes. Sgt. Richards said, “As the facility became overcrowded, the facility would send some of their obnoxious and troubling patients to another facility that was unlicensed. In some cases, these unlicensed facilities were worse than where they were previously staying.”
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