Nursing home caught in the act after denying abuse of resident

It should be the duty of the management of nursing homes in the Pittsburgh area to make sure its staff does not abuse or neglect the facility's residents. Unfortunately, it often falls to residents' family members to be on the lookout for signs of abuse. When loved ones suspect that their relative has suffered abuse, they usually will approach nursing home officials and ask them to investigate.

While one would think that nursing homes would take all claims of possible abuse seriously, all too often nursing homes fail to investigate family members' concerns about, for example, unexplained bruises or bed sores. In those cases, it may be up to the family to investigate the abuse itself. Devices such as hidden cameras, referred to as "granny cams," can be very helpful in uncovering abuse among nurse's aides and other employees.

In a recent example of this, a woman in another state proved that her 89-year-old grandmother was being victimized by workers at her nursing home by installing a granny cam in her grandmother's room. She recorded 600 hours of footage after officials at the nursing home claimed that the resident caused her bruises herself. Among other things, the camera caught a nurse's aide twisting the resident's arm and slamming her onto the bed. She and three other employees have been implicated in the abuse.

The first nurse's aide has been arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a disabled person. The other three workers have been fired. The victim has moved into another nursing home.

Source: WABC-TV, "Woman says grandmother abused at nursing home," Matt Kozar, Feb. 15, 2013


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