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Allegations of Nursing Home Abuse Surface in Pastor's Death

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The family of Reverend Dennis Graham claims that nursing home abuse led to the minister’s death. Dennis Graham died in September 2007 and, according to his family, the cause of his death was abuse and neglect from the nursing home where he was beilng care for. Sherry Cooke, the victim’s sister, says that “what happened [to him] there was inhumane and would not be allowed to happen to animals.” The family contacted Adult Protective Services about the care and, according to the family, “they found a lot,” including caretaker neglect, many instances of the patient’s feeding tube improperly being turned off, and nuerous medication errors. Facility administrators declined to be interviewed regarding the case.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Nursing Home and Elder Abuse.