Local nursing home employee fired after video shows a drink thrown in elderly woman’s face


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A nursing home in Dauphin County fired an employee after they say a video posted on Facebook showed misconduct by the employee.

Colonial Park Care Center says they reported the incident to the Department of Health and to local law enforcement. Lower Paxton Township Police says it’s investigating.

The video shows an employee is holding a coffee mug and throws what looks to be a hot drink in an elderly woman’s face. The resident then reacts with a scream.

The facility says this kind of behavior goes against everything it stands for as a skilled nursing facility.

Zach Shamberg, President and CEO of Pennsylvania Healthcare Association says he understands the fear and frustrations families are facing throughout the past couple of months.

“I would say to the family members out there tonight that you should be reaching out as much as you can to the facility to the community, touching base with staff, administrator or an executive director, asking for daily updates or updates every day so that you know how your family member is doing,” said Shamberg.

Police have not released the name of the former employee.

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