Nurse aides fired

Commissioners elect to terminate women after multiple missteps
Andy Ouriel
Mar 26, 2014
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.



I refuse to treat veteran the way they are treated there I will never work there, I'm not in this job for the money I'm in it beacuse I love what I do and that's caring for people...Also please don't talk about God to me I'm a witch ;)


re. shesaidwhat: I am not clear as to whom you are speaking about with your comment of, "They make more than most!" but...$12.00 - $13.00 per hour is NOT enough when you are expecting someone to provide QUALITY and compassionate care for a loved one's health and safety. I will ask you, "How low of compensation should health care aides make?"

Julie R.

I totally agree with all the opinions you gave in your other comment. How can one aide take care of 15 patients? That is pure bull. The pay they get is also pure bull. Unlike others, I also saw right through the firing of these 2 aides. The administrator of that stinking nursing home could care less about the elderly being treated with disrespect and the same with the county commissioners. This is all about $$$ and the raise they want, yet the jokes had no problem at all giving the health department a raise.

Maybe they should get the other side of the story here. I wouldn't believe those LIARS in the county if I was paid to.

Julie R.

These aides were fired for disrespecting the elderly residents? How about attorneys and other trash that disrespect the elderly with forged power of attorneys, forged Wills, fraudulent transfers of their property and internal criminal changes to all of their contracts when they're in the end stages of Alzheimers? Oh, that's right, I forgot. Attorneys are above the law according to some joke assistant Erie County prosecutor and the rest of the jokes at that corrupt Erie County courthouse, anyway.

Dr. Information

You people sure do like to spin it into a feel sorry fest. This piece of trash threatened people she was supposed to take care of. Justified firing.

Julie R.

I noticed that it says one of them threatened 3 patients in the Alzheimers unit but it doesn't say what the threats were. Why not? The supposed threats obviously couldn't have been too serious because I don't see anybody being arrested, unlike the irate Sandusky mother that was recently arrested for threatening to slap one of Erie County's joke prosecutors.

Dr. Information

Go find out. Why do you insist that everyone else should answer your questions. If you are that concerned?

Threatening any resident of a nursing home no matter the scale goes to show you how uncaring and ruthless these staffers were.

Julie R.

I'm not asking any questions. I'm being sarcastic.


Sandy was a very caring and good STNA. She could be a tad rough around the edges, but she truly cared about all your relatives. This is par for the course out there. I used to work there and believe me if she had to leave someone alone it was the facilities fault. Never Ever enough help. For all that she did all these years she should have been given THE BEST retirement party ever. As for the other one, I know her , I worked with her. She has been abusing your relatives in every way possible for years. The former administration ALWAYS COVERED UP FOR HER.Former DON was one of her best friends. BR was accused of many different kinds of abuse. I am sure most of it never got in her record, but everyone out there knows what she does. Unfortunately I know of some who are still there who still abuse your relatives. I left because of those kinds of people. That place never ever wants any truly good people. I remember one nurse who was one of the kindest, best nurses I have ever worked with. She was a true Florence Nightengale. She spoke out against abuse if she saw it, and the former administration trumped up horrible lies and got their nurse aide friends to lie about her. They ruined her career to protect their abusive friends which BR was one of them. So your family lost the one protector they had. Now they ruin another caring nurse aide. Sandy, you should have retired when the getting was good. You knew how they were towards you. Thats how this facility is run. So if you have a loved one out there, Please, please , please check on them often. They tend not to abuse the ones with alert family members. I know Sandy was set up to fail. Have a great retirement Sandy. Your true friends know what you are about. The world lost a great nurse because of these dishonest people. What goes around comes around, and I am positive the former administrator is finding that out now. Perjury means nothing to these people. I wouldn't put my cat out there. It makes me sick to see her name in the paper. That's what you get for giving your whole adult life to caring for the elderly. And the rest of you cowards out there, NONE of you are friends worth having. Liars and Cowards most of you. I know how you feel Sandy, Do NOt let those people destroy the rest of your life. The many, many relatives of the patients you gave loving care to in their final days remember the love and care you gave. I still see and talk to the other nurse once in a while. The rest of you out their should be ashamed of the way you all abandoned her and let them lie when you knew the truth. I suppose you all did that to Sandy too. As for the other one, BEWARE other nursing homes. She has nursing friends out there who will hire her. HAPPY RETIREMENT SANDY If no one else will say it, I will. You did a great job, you made the last hours for A LOT of people comfortable, you made a lot of otherwise sad or abandoned elderly a little happier, you did a lot of things for them that was not expected of you. You even used your own money sometimes. GREAT JOB You commissioners should be ashamed of yourselves. The same liars still work there. And of course I don't see any of your so called friends supporting you in public. Like the rats they all are, they are used to sneaking around in the dark. No matter how you renovate that place, it will always have the stink of perjury, abuse, turning of the cheek to pretend you didn't see or hear. I remember years ago the register investigating abuse out there. It was ALL TRUE. every bit of it. Too bad the register didn't really do an investigation, like they do in other cities. With a camera here and there it wouldn't have been too hard to prove it. Oh and by the way, that nurse was there at the time fighting that abuse every day. This is to Sandy and that nurses friends out there: YOU ARE COWARDS and since you have been silent all these years you are abusers too. You know who you are.


The facility is at fault for letting the nurse aides work by themselves when 2 people were needed to care for the harder residents. The ECCF aides do not work together.


They do in cluster 4 if they have more help than from the hospices aides

Julie R.

Auditors that authorize fraudulent transfers of property owned by the elderly under fraud documents prepared by attorneys, recorders that allow snake attorneys to take permanent records to property out of the recorder's office in a devious plot to conceal the fact that property is not owned jointly, a probate court that gives attorneys & financial institutions two years after an elderly person's death to get all assets left from criminally changed contracts out of their names before filing a forged Will, who then works in collusion with the common pleas court & the sheriff to sell fraudulently transferred property at a scam sheriff sale under a fraud preliminary judicial report that falsely states there are no defects in the title ........

Corrupt Erie County has no business owning a nursing home.

Julie R.

For a county that sent that black lady, Krista Harris, to a harsh five-year prison sentence claiming she stole from her elderly aunt, even after the aunt's doctor testified that the Power of Attorney she used was prepared years back when the aunt was still very much competent, the prosecutor, auditor, and probate court judge sure did go running to hide when I found that fraud QuitClaims Deed filed in the Erie County Recorder's office dated seven months before my elderly mother's death that falsely stated a forged Power of Attorney I found concealed in the Lorain County Recorder was on file in Erie County.

Once again, no way should Erie County be owning a nursing home.