Former aide at Evansville nursing home accused of drugging residents with own meds

Former Evansville nursing home aide accused of drugging residents with own meds

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Two employees have been fired after reports of an incident at an Evansville nursing home.

Gloria Welborn, 61, was booked into jail Tuesday afternoon on neglect and other charges. She has been released on a $500 bond.

A police affidavit says her arrest comes after an investigation that began in July 2017.

The report says Welborn was a certified nursing aide at Golden Living Center - Woodbridge when she put her personal Clonazepam (Klonopin) into the food of three residents.

It says Welborn did not have the authority to administer any medications, let alone medications that are not prescribed for a resident.

The report says another employee, a nurse, was fired for failing to report what happened fast enough.

Police say the nurse eventually reported it the next day. Blood tests confirmed the residents had Clonazepam in their systems.

The report says the case was investigated by the Attorney General and Evansville Police.

Golden Living Center - Woodbridge sent us the following statement:

“The safety and well-being of our residents is our very highest priority. Employees are expected to engage in only lawful and professional conduct. We educate our employees on these requirements. We have zero tolerance for any deviation from the expectations. Almost two years ago, in this instance, we promptly reported the suspected illegal conduct to proper authorities, including the Evansville police and the Department of Health. We have cooperated to provide information to authorities as requested. Our focus is on our commitment to care for the current residents and provide support to their families as needed. We appreciate the dedication of our local law enforcement team on this matter.”

The Indiana State Department of Health confirms it investigated a complaint involving Golden Living Center in 2017 and cited the facility at that time.

Find information on reporting a complaint about a health care facility with ISDH here.

Welborn appeared in court Wednesday. She told the judge that she is currently employed somewhere.

The judge is giving Welborn time to try to hire an attorney. She’s expected back in court on March 6.

Welborn was ordered not to have contact with any of the three victims or be on the Golden Living Center - Woodbridge property.

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