Reader Submission: The Shuffler

I have been a personal support worker for 14 years and have witnessed several strange occurrences, including a few that really stick out. This happened during a graveyard shift a few years after I started.

The night started like any other. There were no call bells in that facility as we visually checked everyone every hour. During our first round, as I walked to the end of the hall, I saw a white flash out of the corner of my eye in the doorway of room 312. I quickly turned to look, but nothing was there. I continued on with my task thinking my mind was playing tricks on me.

It happened again during the next round, but this time the flash of white was in the doorway of room 313. I ignored the flash, thinking I was still seeing things. On our third round, we checked on the women in room 312, and one of the ladies had a very frightened look on her face. Her eyes were fixed on the corner of the ceiling above her bed, and she looked terrified. This patient had advanced dementia and was non-verbal. She was a very pleasant lady who often shuffled around the halls, confused about who or where she was.

The charge nurse sat with the woman, giving her as much comfort as possible. The patient passed away suddenly a few minutes later. We completed her final care and continued with our night. A few hours later, as I folded laundry across from the nurse station, I started to hear shuffling sound coming down the hall. Confused, I asked the nurse if she was shuffling her feet under the desk. She said, “No, but I hear it too.” The shuffling continued slowly down the hall toward the dining room. To this day, I wonder if it was the frightened patient, taking one last walk down the hall.

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Reader Submission: The Haunted Nursing Home

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“This is a story about the nursing home where I’ve been working for a little over two years. I’ve heard coworkers say they’ve had paranormal experiences in our workplace, but until a week ago I had not.

I just recently received my CNA license and work at a nursing home in Sioux Falls, SD. I now work mainly night shifts starting at 11 p.m. and ending at 7 a.m. I prefer these shifts because they tend to be fairly quiet and uneventful. I usually work with two RNs and two to three other CNAs.

Last week, my shift started as usual with the residents in bed and the crew chatting. A few hours passed, and we answered some call lights here and there, but I was getting bored. I then noticed a call light at the end of the main hall. It was ‘my turn,’ so I called out before starting my journey to the room at the end of the hall. I heard one of my coworkers say something as I was walking away, but I didn’t catch it so I continued on.

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Ghost Photo: Haunted Nursing Home

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This picture originally appeared on Reddit.com. The OP writes:

“This photo was taken by a resident of the nursing home that my mom works in. Prior to the photo being taken, members of the staff and other residents heard the sounds of a door opening and closing along with the appearance of a call light turning on and off, yet nobody was in the room. From what I have been told this picture had been taken roughly 15 minutes after a patient in the facility had passed on. Is it possible this is the person? Or perhaps ‘The Reaper’?”

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Reader Submission: Ghosts at the Group Home

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“Hello. I am in Tennessee.

A few years ago I worked as a residential technician at a local group home where they care for residents who all have some degree of developmental disability. I worked for them for almost six and a half years total, and third shift for the last three years I was there. I left in October 2010, so it’s not been that long ago. There was a good degree of down time during the night, and it was okay to sit and watch TV, read, whatever, as long as the residents were monitored per a schedule throughout the night, and their status recorded.

During my time there, I was witness to some strange things. I saw shadows go across the room, down the hall, into rooms, etc. The shadows varied in height from adult height to knee height. I saw a shadow about knee height one night shoot down the hall and make a quick right turn into one of the resident’s bedrooms, and another time I saw one adult height shadow float across the kitchen and disappear into the cabinets.

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