State report on Huntsville VA home cites sanitation issues, does not mention neglect or abuse

State report on Huntsville VA home cites sanitation issues, does not mention neglect or abuse

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Alabama Department of Public Health published its report on the Floyd E. 'Tut’ Fann Veterans home in Huntsville Tuesday.

It does not specifically mention the abuse and neglect allegations the home is facing, but did state “there were no deficiencies cited as a result of the investigation of complaint/report number AL00036209.”

It’s unclear what that complaint contains, but Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Kent Davis requested the ADPH survey take place after WAFF’s reporting on those allegations.

The survey completed on April 4 cited the following violations:

  • “The facility failed to ensure food items in the cooler were covered, labeled and dated and thawed”
    • A series of meat packages, pre-mixed eggs, gravy, sweet tea, “pink liquid,” “yellow liquid," and desserts all lacked proper tagging
  • “The facility failed to ensure a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) changed gloves and sanitized hands after operating Resident Identifier (RI) #23′s bed control while wearing gloves, before administering the resident’s eye drop medication.”

The Federal VA also investigated the home earlier in April. WAFF 48 News has requested the findings from both the VA and Senator Doug Jones’ office.

The ADPH, state VA, and HMR Veterans Services (the company that operates ‘Tut’ Fann) have not yet responded to requests for comment.

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