A nursing home in Bethalto, Illinois, a rural township just east of St.Louis, is the sight of yet another appalling and inexcusable instance of a nursing home patient being taken advantage of by a worker tasked with their care. The 41-year-old worker from Alton, Illinois allegedly removed an 87-year old patient's fentanyl patch so that she could ingest the pain-killing drug herself.
Fentanyl is an opioid pain killer often administered via skin patches, especially for cancer patients. Without this patch the elderly patient was not receiving the required medicine that she was required to receive. This crime is unspeakable not only because the drug may be used illicitly to have similar effects as heroine on the body, but also because it was done by a person tasked with the care of the elderly at the home.
We at Ed Fox and Associates deplore the kind of behavior this woman took towards her elderly patient. The elderly in our society deserve the utmost respect and care because of their vulnerability. If you or a loved one has been abused, neglected or taken advantage of by a nursing home or workers at a nursing home, please contact one of our trusted and experienced attorneys about protecting your and your loved one's rights.
St.Louis Today, Authorities: Worker in Bethalto nursing home took patient's drug patch, June 29, 2011.