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Nurse aides fired

Andy Ouriel • Mar 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Erie County commissioners fired two longtime public nursing home employees for allegedly mistreating residents.

Gone are The Meadows at Osborn Park aides Sandy Dwight and Barb Richardson, who both demonstrated repeated patterns of disrespect and misconduct toward senior citizens, according to documents in their personnel files.

“The needs of our residents are our No. 1 priority,” Erie County commissioner Pat Shenigo said. “Sometimes management has to make difficult decisions that involve differences of opinion, and that is what happened here”

Dwight’s demise came a few weeks ago, after she left a high-risk resident alone on a toilet. She also left the resident attached to a sit-to-stand lift, effectively restraining this unidentified person.

Dwight had at least eight missteps since January 2013, including instances in which she disrespected residents, according to her personnel file. She began working at the nursing home in 1976, most recently earning $12.99 an hour.

For her part, Richardson received a pink slip in mid-March, after she reportedly threatened three residents in the Alzheimer’s unit.

Her personnel file indicates there were at least seven instances of misconduct since January 2013, including disrespecting residents. She began working at the nursing home in 1999, most recently earning $13.14 an hour.

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