Hidden camera reveals blatant nursing home abuse

A hidden camera has led to 10 nursing home workers being charged. It appears that the nursing home in question is fraught with problems relating to neglect, failure to administer medication and falsification of patient care records. Nursing home abuse and neglect like this is something that many Pennsylvania residents deal with every single day; however, without the ability to report such abuse, many residents of nursing care facilities never get the proper care they deserve.

This recent nursing home bust involved four certified nurses' assistants and six registered nurses. All of them were employed at a nursing facility in a neighboring state. The Attorney General's office decided to install a hidden camera at the home after one of the resident's sons became suspicious of illegal activity.

Video footage showed nursing assistants and nurses regularly neglecting residents. For example, one of the accused ignored a resident for hours, failed to assist with incontinence and did not properly administer drugs to patients. The nursing staff allegedly falsified documentation to cover up the neglect as well.

Authorities recently terminated another facility owned by the same nursing home company due to nursing home abuse issues. In fact, some of the residents of the current facility in question had just been transferred from the one subjected to closure. If any Pennsylvania residents are fearful that their parent or relative is being abused or neglected at a nursing home facility, justice and financial restitution may be available by pursuing a civil action in court. The courts view nursing home neglect cases seriously, and victims have every right to seek the maximum amount of restitution under the law.

Source: mcknights.com, "Neglect charges filed against 10 workers at nursing home where residents from a troubled sister facility were transferred", Tim Mullaney, March 26, 2014