Coleman Calls for Investigation of Fayetteville Veterans Home
Curtis Coleman, a Republican candidate for Governor, called for legislative action and an investigation into the Fayetteville Veterans Home amid allegations of neglect.
Coleman said Tuesday (Sept. 24) at the American Legion Post 27, that recently some veterans had come forward with allegations of possible neglect and event abuse at the home.
“Unfortunately, after more than four months of investigating the official records, and interviewing ex-employees and current employees that have firsthand knowledge, they produced credible evidence that many of the allegations could be substantiated and even more serious ones were uncovered,” Coleman said.
Over the last year Coleman also discovered that although the State of Arkansas had paid a medical doctor a monthly stipend to prescribe medical care for the veterans who were living in the Little Rock Veterans Home – reliable records indicated that that medical doctor had not been inside or even called the Little Rock Veterans Home in more than a year.
Because of this, Coleman said he vowed he would ‘never stand idly by’ if he discovered any other veterans in the state were mistreated.
“I’m asking the Arkansas Legislature to launch a thorough and transparent investigation into the operation, management and finances of the Fayetteville Veterans Home,” Coleman said.
Coleman cites the death of a man in January that the Office of Long Term Care determined was due to neglect and a woman whose arm was broken while being restrained during an attempt to take blood samples.
“Unfortunately, according to the documentation and eyewitness accounts, these two incidents may not be anomalies, but instead may represent a systemic pattern of mistreatment and poor quality of care given to our most vulnerable veterans at the Fayetteville facility,” Coleman said.
Coleman said during a tour of the facility he met hard-working and underpaid caregivers that were doing the best they could with their resources, however, the rooms were overcrowded and veterans were not given adequate living space.