Woman speaks out about local nursing home under fire

- A woman is speaking out about a local nursing home under fire.  She said her father did not get great care  at Cathedral Village nursing home in Roxborough. That's the same place where an investigation is underway Into the alleged suspicious death of  H.R. McMaster Sr.

READ MORE: Sources: Philadelphia police investigate death of H.R. McMaster's father as 'suspicious'

Louis Altomare spent 35 years a a Philly cop. He was known as “Big Lou”. His daughter says he was a “kind-hearted” man who drew his many grandchildren and friends to him.

In December of 2015, battling Alzheimer’s, his family placed him in the Cathedral Village nursing home in Roxborough with his wife soon to follow.

“It was heart-wrenching the stuff we witnessed while in there,” his daughter Anita McCoy told FOX 29..

She claims her father was left to lay in bed unless family pressed staff to get him up.

"A lot of times we would get there and his diaper, pull-up he had on wasn’t changed in hours. He’d be soaking wet," McCoy said.

Their mother would have to badger staff for her insulin—McCoy claims—and was often left alone as were Alzheimer’s patients.

"One time I got off the elevator and the head nurse has sitting in her office asleep with her head down asleep," McCoy said.

Cathedral Village burst into the news last week when it was learned the father of former Trump Administration National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster died under suspicious circumstances inside. Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro is investigating as is the Pa. Department of Health.

McCoy says repeated complains to Village management did not improve care.  

The Executive Director did not return FOX 29’'s call for comment or a reporter’s visit to the home.

McCoy says the death of H.R. McMaster, Sr has made her speak out.

"Do you think their neglect of your father hastened his death?" FOX 29's Jeff Cole asked. McCoy replied, "Yes, I think it hastened his death, yes." 

 

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