By Matthew Seedorff
"They told me that she fell," said Tiffany Chioles. "They said she fell sometime that morning and that they found her around 7 o-clock."
On Saturday, Tiffany says she went to see her 87-year-old grandmother, Katie Medeiros, at Cypress Creek Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. When she arrived, Tiffany says Medeiros had been isolated in a wheelchair and had bruises all over her body.
"She [has] all of the bruising on her face," said Chioles. "The bruising wraps around both arms. Then, she has it on her bottom. If you fall forward, you’re not going to bruise your butt. Somebody did this to her. This was not her doing it to herself."
The grandmother told FOX 26 in a Zoom interview from a hospital room Wednesday that her memory is "fuzzy" involving what happened at the nursing home.
"I’m doing pretty good," said Medeiros. "But, I’m very weak."
According to Chioles, the staff wouldn’t call for medical help when she told them her grandma’s health was deteriorating. As a result, Chioles says she called 911 on her own, but then she says the staff wouldn’t let Medeiros leave with paramedics.
"I had the staff telling me that she wasn’t leaving the facility with paramedics when they got there," said Chioles. "I’m in tears because it’s just a mess and my grandma needed help, and they’re not letting her get help. They delayed her medical treatment by maybe an hour."
Chioles tells FOX 26 her grandmother was taken to a nearby hospital and received several tests. She says among other things, her grandmother has a concussion. In addition, Chioles says her grandmother had an infection that was being ignored.
The family is now working to put together a police report. They say they waited until now because initially the grandmother didn’t remember anything. Then, on Monday, Tiffany’s grandfather died. Now, they’re hoping to meet with police, so they can investigate what exactly happened.
"I wouldn’t send my dog to this place after what I saw," said Chioles. "They need to be shut down."
In a statement Thursday morning, the Cypress Creek Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center said, "We are aware of your report involving Cypress Creek Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. As per state guidelines and our company policy all incidents are reported timely. The outcome will be discussed with resident and their responsible party. Due to HIPAA we cannot share any information with the public or anyone who isn’t the resident's responsible party. We are in compliance with state and federal regulations and look forward to helping any outside agencies complete their own investigations. Our top priority, as always, is to provide an ongoing environment of care and safety to the population we serve."
The facility gave a later statement saying, "The allegations made by Ms. Tiffany Franklin were reported to the Texas Health and Human Services who after completing their first investigation determined there was no substance to Ms. Franklin’s allegations of abuse or neglect. Because of the inaccurate reporting, Texas Health and Human Services has since returned to our facility, and we are cooperating fully with their new investigation. Unfortunately, we are prevented from sharing information or rebutting the false allegations made by Ms. Franklin due to privacy and confidentiality laws. Cypress Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center is committed to the care and safety of its residents, it is our top priority to ensure each resident’s safety."
A spokesperson from Texas Health and Human Services says there is "an ongoing investigation at this facility."
for me that the next nursing home I have to go, which will be soon,
[they] will do their job," said Medeiros. "Treat us like we’re human
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Houston-area grandmother covered in bruises, hospitalized after incident at nursing home