Former Oakden nurse shocked to hear of mistreatment 15 years on

Friday, 21 April 2017, 04:10:21 PM. A former agency nurse who worked at the troubled Oakden nursing home 15 years ago says she saw many distressing things at the facility and is shocked to hear patients are still being mistreated.
Photo: Catherine Brandscheid worked at Oakden for 12 months and was appalled by the standards. (ABC News) A former agency nurse who worked at the troubled Oakden nursing home 15 years ago said she was shocked to hear patients were still being mistreated at the facility. The South Australian Government announced it will be closing the Makk and McLeay wards at the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service following a report into the facility. Catherine Branscheid worked at Oakden in the McLeay ward for 12 months and said she witnessed some terrible treatment of patients during her time there. "I saw some things happening that distressed me a great deal," she said. "Particularly one person, one elderly gentleman that was victimised quite a lot, physically, mentally and emotionally." Ms Branscheid recalled one particular incident with this patient where she found him stark naked sitting on a commode where he had been left for four hours covered in faeces. She said the incident took place in the middle of winter. "He was blue with cold and I think it was done deliberately, he wasn't well liked," she said. Ms Branscheid reported several incidents to the nursing board and Aged Rights Advocacy. She become the man's legal guardian and remained at Oakden until he died. "I did see some good changes after [reporting to the nurses board]," she said. "People left, people resigned, staff resigned over what happened then and a new manager of Makk House came in and took over and she was...Read more
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