Inappropriate photos lead to local nursing home investigation

Photos investigated at Ind. nursing home

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (WHAS11) -- An investigation into employees at the Waters of Scottsburg, in Indiana, is underway after inappropriate photos of a patient reportedly surfaced on social media.

Tucked in a peaceful neighborhood where the loudest sounds are rustling leaves and chirping birds, the Waters of Scottsburg, a nursing home and rehabilitation facility, is home to nearly 90 people in need of daily care.

Their website is just as serene and advertises "quality, individualized care", by the staff, but WHAS11 discovered as many as three of those staff members are now part of an investigation by a number of agencies concerning allegations of taking advantage of a resident.

The Water's administrators confirm that as of Tuesday, May 20, they'd suspended the three nursing assistants. In a statement to WHAS11 they said in part:

"The Waters of Scottsburg became aware a few days ago that inappropriate photographs were reportedly taken of one of its residents by a former non-professional staff member."

Those pictures were allegedly shared via social media. Administrators at the facility reported the incident to Scottsburg Police and the Indiana Department of Health, who are both investigating.

Albert Poer had just finished visiting his father, a three-year resident at the the Waters, when he was asked about the investigation. Though police said the incident was reported May 16, Poer says the facility had not informed his family about what was going on.

"It's scary, we're going to be paying more attention," Poer said.

Poer's father suffers from Alzheimer's and has trouble communicating, so Poer says his family has to rely on the good intentions of the staff at the Waters.

"We've never had a problem that wasn't resolved," Poer said.

The Waters administrators were vague about exactly how many people were found to have been involved, but told WHAS11 that anyone involved was fired.

Scottsburg Police will be turning over their investigation to the Prosecutor on Thursday. It will be the prosecutor who decides if criminal charges will be filed.


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