2 Caregivers Charged In Beating 88-Year-Old Nursing Home Patient
- 2Two women charged with caring for elderly patients faced a Long Island judge Tuesday, accused of beating an 88-year-old man in his nursing home bed because he didnít want to shower.
- 0Thing is these horrible stories that come to the media by drips are sadly only represents a tip of the iceberg in terms of what goes on. Even then it is only due to family and or close friends finding out about the abuse and pushing for action that often brings results. The use of "nanny cams" has greatly helped because now there is recorded proof that can be used in LE investigations and or simply handed over to the media.
OTHO for persons without caring family and or simply abandoned to these places things can be grim. Sometimes staff can and will put a stop to such things, others simply mind their own business for fear of a paycheck and or their own safety. If people have no qualms about beating down and or physically abusing an elderly or ill person just think what they will do to anyone else.
There is a delicate dance that goes on between owners of these hell-holes and regulators. The latter threatens to shut them down but the former counters "go ahead and where do you think these residents are going to go?". For LTC/nursing home residents whose main or source of payment is Medicaid they indeed can have few other options
- 0Quote from Jeanette73Pipe: http://longisland.news12.com/news/nu...home-1.5566422It wasn't clear from the story -- what is the evidence that this happened?
- 14Jul 7, '13 by BrandonLPNPlease remember that people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
From what I gather, the evidence against them amounts to a single witness and the fact that the pt had abdominal bruising. The accused women are pleading not guilty and claim the story of abuse never happened.
Isn't it possible that this CNA witness has an ax to grind and is lying? And if bruising on a 88year old is automatically proof-positive of abuse,well, every LTC facility everywhere is in BIG trouble.
We don't know what happened. Maybe these women did exactly what they're accused of. Or maybe it's a viscous lie put forward by a coworker looking to hurt them.
But I sincerely hope that if any of us are ever accused of abuse, people don't just automatically start talking about what monsters we are.
- 0Jul 7, '13 by LadyFree28I absolutely understand your point, Brandon; however, to me, this is the second issue for the facility...the previous incident is MORE alarming.
I read that article; which my comment is more focused on. The other comments may be directed at the previous incident, if not, yes, there should be reservation; however the court of public opinion based with nurses, it's challenging.
In the second article, yes, there is a sole eyewitness; unfortunately, there is no details as far as assessment of the individual, etc.
"Bruising on the stomach" is not as relative as one might think. I've had the unfortunate experience assessing a pt of mine suspected of being a victim of assault while in long-term care...there is a vast difference between heparin bruising and hitting a patient, unfortunately. I won't get into the specifics, however, there are GLARING differences; I will NEVER forget that... again, we don't know the assessment or the data collection that was involved in the incident, so yes, it is logical to withhold judgement.
My thought is IF this happened, it is still ridiculous for this incident to happen...and an intervention needed, STAT, for the sake of the integrity of the patients.