Although it is difficult and painful to imagine the possibility of your loved one(s) suffering abuse or neglect at the hands of a caretaker, a quick Google search for nursing home abuse reveals just how pervasive these problems are. New stories of abuse emerge almost daily. With the horrifying story of Joan Vila, a man who was recently convicted of murdering 11 nursing home residents under his care in Spain, it is important to remember to do everything you possibly can to protect your loved ones who need care.
So, what can you do to prevent or stop this from happening? The first step is simply to be aware of the problem. After that, it is important to remain vigilant and to look for any signs of abuse or neglect. If you do suspect that your loved one is being mistreated or may be receiving inadequate care, here is a list of actions to take. Now, let's look at a few recent stories showing the types of problems that can and do occur.
First, a 32 year-old employee at The Place, a nursing home located in Augusta, Georgia, was arrested on June 19th and charged with battery for physically abusing a resident. The incident report states that caretaker Lashanda Annette Johnson woke the resident to change her bed sheets. The resident, an Alzheimer's sufferer, resisted Johnson's care. Johnson then pushed the patient back into bed and told her that she would hit her if she resisted again.
Police decided to investigate after a bump was found on the resident's head a couple days after the incident. During the investigation, surveillance footage showed the abuse happening (using cameras to capture incidents like this one is a very interesting topic that we will cover in an upcoming blog post). Although caring for Alzheimer's and dementia patients may be difficult at times, violence should simply never be used as a tactic to subdue or restrain them.
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Next, a 25 year-old man was recently charged with sexually assaulting a 78 year-old resident of the Ann Pearl Nursing Facility in Kaneohe, Hawaii. No word on how the abuse was discovered, but the man was charged with three counts of third-degree sexual assault. It is important to know that sexual abuse in this type of setting does often go unreported and to keep an eye out for any signs.
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If you or someone you love has been injured, neglected, or abused in a nursing home at the hands of nursing home caretakers, please contact Ed Fox & Associates today.