As a nursing home abuse and neglect attorney, I often hear complaints and problems from family members about the neglect suffered by their loved one. One of the key reasons many do not file grievances; complain to regulatory agencies; or file a lawsuit; is because of fear of retaliation and not being able to see their loved one. Well, that is exactly what appears to be happening to T.J. Sarrington.
Sarrington was banned from seeing her elderly mother at a nursing home out of retaliation for reporting abuse. In 2018, Sarrington filed a complaint with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, alleging neglect and abuse at Meadowlake Estates nursing home in Oklahoma City. When the findings of the report were published and substantiated her claims, she called the administrator to get answers. That’s when he told her not to come to the property, or she would be arrested. That day, Sarrington said she was escorted off the property by Oklahoma City police for trespassing. In the months since she was first removed, Sarrington said she missed what may be her mother’s last birthday and last mother’s day.
After seeking legal advice from advocates for nursing home reform, Sarrington said she returned to the home over the weekend, armed with a 2013 law saying, “every resident shall have the right to… meetings of family… or any other person or persons of the resident’s choice…”