|Published:||Dec 01, 2010 12:26 AM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 30, 2010 8:28 PM EST|
CAPE CORAL, Fla - Cape Coral Police are investigating abuse allegations at an elderly care facility.
Several people have come forward to claim their family members were assaulted at Clare Bridge on Santa Barbara Boulevard.
The Department of Children and Families is also investigating these abuse accusations.
The allegations include elderly people allegedly being punched in the face and chest.
One family alerted Cape police after seeing bruises on the face and nose of their father.
Then another family claimed their father had this thumb twisted.
There were also reports a man was taken to the hospital after being punched in the chest.
WINK News spoke to the families involved, but because this is an on-going investigation, they didn't want to comment on camera.
The alleged incidents were reportedly done by the same employee.
Because the investigation is not complete, Clare Bridge would not say if the employee is still working at the facility.
A spokesperson for Clare Bridge did say three employees were fired for failure to maintain confidentiality, disrespect, threatening others, and spreading gossip.
A spokeswoman says these are direct violations of company policy and are not related to the ongoing internal investigation and a specific incident.
The spokesperson went on to say, "abuse of any kind is not tolerated".
The Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration is also looking into these allegations.
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