Former Liberty nursing home worker: ‘Some days it was unbearable’

Campus Health Care in Liberty, owned by New Beginnings, shut down suddenly on Friday after bad state inspections.

Employees at Campus Health say they didn't receive a paycheck on payday.
FILE - Closed Liberty Twp. nursing home

LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) – New Beginnings owns more than a dozen nursing homes across the country, and many of them are in trouble.

Campus Health Care in Liberty, owned by New Beginnings, shut down suddenly on Friday after bad state inspections.

All of the residents have found new homes. A former worker reached out to WKBN Tuesday and said he’s glad that happened.

“I love older people, and seeing them treated wrong, that they did the way that they did to them, I’m kinda scared to go back in to another nursing home,” former employee Erick Haywood said.

Haywood said he saw many problems with how New Beginnings operated the nursing home. He said he would go shopping for the residents with his supervisor.

“We didn’t have food for our residents. So we would have to go shopping at Walmart,” Haywood said. “She used to have to come out of her own pocket and we would shop at Walmart and get our residents food for breakfast and lunch and dinner.”

Chymika Redd worked at Campus for about 2 years, along with her mother and her daughter. She says she loved her job, but didn’t have the tools and supplies she needed.

“Some days it was unbearable. Because we never had what we needed to serve our residents,” former Campus worker Chymika Redd said.

Everyone tried to make the best of it, she said, even when insurance policies were canceled and pay checks started bouncing.

“There (were) always shortages of a lot of stuff,” Redd said. “But I think we all did what we could. We really did.”

New Beginnings has not responded to multiple requests for comment from WKBN.

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