TOMAHAWK - We first told you about concerns about a nursing home operator in Tomahawk back in December. Now, we have new information on Golden Age in Tomahawk.
The state Department of Health and Human Services completed an investigation into the facility at the end of last month. The report became available to WJFW Thursday morning.
The 311-page report gives details into why the facility was cited for sub-standard quality of care.
Golden Age broke 21 federal nursing home rules.
The report states that nurses weren't keeping accurate records of bathroom breaks and showers for patients. Some of those patients went nearly three weeks without a shower or routine skin checks.
The state also found that at least two patients were physically restrained, which is illegal.
The facility serves patients with specific dementia care needs. Those responsible for that care were cited for not being focused enough on individual patient needs.
Nurses at the facility were seen as more dependent on medication for treating those patients, instead of one-on-one interaction.
The nursing home is owned by GoldenLiving Centers, which is based out of Texas. They're one of the largest nursing home operators in the country.
We want to be clear, that GoldenLiving Centers owns two facilities in Tomahawk. The facility in question is Golden Age.
We reached out to the corporate headquarters after former employees told us the director of nursing and executive director had recently left their jobs. This is Golden Living's response: "It's our policy and practice not to discuss employment matters with third parties as it is the employee's personal and confidential information. "
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PARK FALLS - Many families began their Thanksgiving Day with a run this morning. Topping off the holiday with a "trot" around town may not appeal to everyone, but for these families it was a way to spend time with one another.
"Trot now so we can pie later," said Steph Schultz, a runner in the Park Falls Turkey Trot.
Families used the Turkey Trot 5K in Park Falls as a way to bond.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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