Abuse allegations swirl at Mount Clemens group home

Caregivers at Kalb Adult Foster Care accused of abusing elderly residents


MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – There was no answer Friday at the home on Breitmeyer Place in Mount Clemens.

It's called Kalb Adult Foster Care. Families pay the owner, Nancy Kalb, to help them with their most vulnerable loved ones who need constant care such as elderly family members and those suffering from dementia.

The home has been operating for years. Neighbors say it has never been a problem.

"Never had a problem with them. Good neighbors," said Marion Monaghan.

However, Local 4 has learned that the Michigan Department of Human Services has closed the home quickly and moved all residents out amid disturbing allegations of abuse.

The Macomb County Sheriff is investigating a complaint that an elderly resident told her family that she and the others were abused in the home by two caregivers.

The allegations include physical abuse and scalding residents with hot water during baths. Sheriff Tony Wickersham tells Local 4 investigators are working to speak with everyone -- five or six residents -- who was entrusted to the home.

"At this point they have the names of other residents who have been in there and they're going to follow up and hopefully get an opportunity to talk to some of them. Right now, it's still in the investigative stage," said Wickersham.

Meanwhile, Angela Rhode, the daughter of the woman running Kalb Adult Foster Care, also is licensed to the home but says she has nothing to do with her mother's business. Rhode also is denying the abuse allegations.

"My name is on the license just in case anything happens to my mom, but I run my own home," said Rhode. "They're not true."

About the Author: