Nursing home director pleads guilty

She is the director of two nursing homes and a 24-hour ambulance service provider.

Tan Choo Waoh is also very close to her patients, who call her Sister Jenny.

But on Monday, Tan, 65, appeared in court after three of her employees were caught on camera mistreating an elderly lady under their care at Nightingale Nursing Home.

Representing the home in court, Tan pleaded guilty yesterday to failing to ensure that the care provided to Madam Peh Siew Lay, 77, was according to approved standards of nursing practice.

Madam Peh has since been relocated to another home.

Besides the home, Tan also represented her two other firms, Greenview Nursing Home and Civic Ambulance Services.

The three companies that are based at Braddell Road face 55 charges in all for various offences.

Nightingale Nursing Home itself faces 34 charges in all.

Tan herself faces a total of 32 charges.

She and the three companies pleaded guilty to 31 charges in all, while the remaining ones will be taken into consideration during sentencing.

Nightingale Nursing Home made the headlines after a video clip showing three of its employees mistreating Madam Peh was broadcast by MediaCorp on its TV news bulletin on June 9 last year.

The trio are Ms Rachell Tumbokon and Ms Severina De Torres Bautista, both nursing aides, and Ms Reallucia Varxiety Sganay Navalta, an enrolled nurse.

Mr Andre Moses Tan, who is an assistant director of the Health Ministry's (MOH) legal branch, told the court on Monday that the clip was recorded by Madam Peh's youngest son, Mr Toh Tin Chye.

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