“That was something I did not want to do and I had reacted. I saw them [the elderly] being beaten sometimes, mistreatment, we wiped 5 people with one towel, we shaved ten people with one razor,” Mavrakakis said.
He was hired in April 2020 and left the facility a few months later, in September.
He said further that he saw 14 people die in a week.
Other former workers made similar allegations and spoke of one carer for some 60 people, and one doctor who would visit once per week and check the guests from …afar.
Another former employee, Eytixia Pentraki, told zapranews that they had to spray the elderly with insecticides to combat lice. She spoke of lack of essential medical care and claimed she saw 25 to 30 people die. “One of the deaths may have resulted from forceful feeding with the syringe,” she said.
Pentaraki worked in the nursing home from May to December 2020.
Also relatives of elderly turned to media and made complaints about the nursing home.They speak of heavy weight loss of their relatives, of excessive use of medication without their consent. Some even claimed that some elderly were in beds in the laundry room of the nursing home.
One woman said that her mother was starving and had lost a lot of weight. When she complained to the management she was threatened that she wouldn’t be allowed to visit her mother anymore.
The elderly woman died in the care home. Cause of death was “cardiac arrest.”
Allegedly for all cases of the 68 suspicious deaths was “cardiac arrest.”
Although nursing homes are reasonably prone to high mortality, state broadcaster ERT reported that the mortality in the home under investigation was much higher, when the average in other facilities is around 20%.
The body of a woman who died 11 months ago was exhumed during the week following request by her daughter. The body did not bear any visible injuries, however, further analysis and examination is due.
According to Skai TV, the prosecutor investigates, among others, at least one case of transfer of a real estate. The property was transferred with the power of attorney in a procedure carried out by the care home owner.
Citing the relative of an elderly, Skai reported that the victim’s “whole wealth was transferred to the church and thus while the victim had suffered two brain strokes.”
The owner of the nursing home denies the accusations and talks about “a plot against her company set up by fired employees.”
It should be recalled that visitors to elderly homes were banned on and off in the last one year due to coronavirus.
With a post on social media, ruling New Democracy MP Dora Bakoyannis, the sister of the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis who is from Chania, urged that investigation must proceed without delays and that also those who ought to monitor the home’ operation are held responsible.
Meanwhile there is a whole public debate -currently on social media only- whether nursing homes are operating without any supervision by social, welfare and other authorities.
Several people have also expressed complaints about other homes for elderly, even though not of “horror stories” as in Chania.
Also there is a lot of judging against people who bring their beloved ones in nursing homes.