Police have arrested two employees of an eastern Pennsylvania nursing home after the family of a resident said they captured hidden camera footage of the employees "manhandling" the resident and tormenting her. In addition to the nursing home abuse charges against the women, authorities have also moved to suspend the license of the facility, which is the Arbors at Buck Run, for "gross incompetence, negligence and misconduct."
The case against Arbors and the aides stems from a hidden camera that the victim's daughter installed in her room in October. The daughter had become suspicious that her mother was being mistreated but had little proof. Over the course of about a month, the "granny cam" captured repeated instances of abuse against the resident. For example, the resident is shown being dumped onto the bed and handled roughly. One of the employees also allegedly danced in front of the woman as she sits helplessly in her wheelchair, singing and yelling in her face.
Both suspects, 22 and 20, surrendered to police on Dec. 11. Bail for each woman was set at $100,000. Neither had posted bail as of Dec. 12. Their attorney denied that either of his clients did anything wrong. He said that the video was "a matter of interpretation." He said an "objective person" looking at the footage would conclude that the woman was not abused.
Arbor's management company said it would appeal the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's decision to revoke its license. The appeal means the facility will remain open for at least 30 days.
Source: WCAU-TV, "Hidden Cameras Catch Workers 'Manhandling,' 'Taunting' Patient at Nursing Home: Cops," Deanna Durante and David Chang, Dec. 12, 2012