Assisted Living Employee Charged

With abuse of patient

Patrick Gentry
June 17, 2019 - 2:02 pm

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Investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 37 year-old, Diana Rochelle Garrett and 50 year-old, Stephanie Ann Lowden, in connection with an abuse of a vulnerable adult case that occurred at Rolling Green Village Memory Care Assisted Living, located at 1 Hoke Smith Boulevard, in Greenville.

Investigators initiated an investigation involving the two former staff members after deputies were called to Greenville Memorial Hospital on May 22nd, regarding injuries the 89 year-old victim sustained while living in the Assisted Living Facility.

During the course of investigation, investigators learned that the victim’s son grew suspicious of maltreatment after noticing injuries pop up on the victim’s body. At some point in time the victim’s son placed a camera in his mother’s room, and upon video review, noticed Garrett and Lowden using physical force and psychological abuse on the victim after she was resisting the staff’s demands to take a shower.

That video was turned over to investigators who ultimately charged the two with Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult. Investigators made contact with the administrative staff at Rolling Green to make them aware of the situation and noted their cooperation and willingness to assist during the entire investigation.

Investigators do believe this to be an isolated incident and have not learned of any additional residents experiencing similar incidents.

Lowden turned herself into authorities earlier this morning and is currently in the Greenville County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. Garrett has yet to be arrested on her respective charge.

Statement From Rolling Green Village:

“Our deepest condolences go out to the resident affected in this situation, and their family. That resident is safe, in good health, and remains a resident at Rolling Green Village. The well-being of all we serve continues to be our highest priority.

“The employees charged in this investigation have been terminated. It’s our standard policy to conduct thorough background checks on all employees prior to hiring them. We found nothing criminal in their past.

“We have cooperated fully with the resident’s family and authorities from the day it occurred.

“We take this matter very seriously. The safety and security of residents is paramount, and we’re devasted this happened to a member of our Rolling Green Village family. In no way should this reflect the character of the professionals at our community, or the quality of the services we’ve provided over the last 30 years.”

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