2 Caregivers Charged In Beating 88-Year-Old Nursing Home Patient

  1. Two 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 didn't want to shower.
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  3. by   LadyFree28
    Absolutely ridiculous.

    This is NOT the first time the nursing home staff has been charged. I read the other article as well.

    shame....this place needs some SERIOUS oversight!!!
  4. by   Pangea Reunited
    Disgusting. And can we please stop saying that someone is treated "like an animal" when they get mistreated? Do people think it's OK to tie up animals and beat them?
  5. by   CapeCodMermaid
    There is a place in hell reserved for abusive people.
  6. by   LadyFree28
    Quote from Pangea Reunited
    Disgusting. And can we please stop saying that someone is treated "like an animal" when they get mistreated? Do people think it's OK to tie up animals and beat them?
    I understand...sounds like people are more used to seeing animals mistreated...
  7. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Thing 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
  8. by   JeanettePNP
    It wasn't clear from the story -- what is the evidence that this happened?
  9. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Quote from Jeanette73
    It wasn't clear from the story -- what is the evidence that this happened?
    Pipe: http://longisland.news12.com/news/nu...home-1.5566422
  10. by   BrandonLPN
    Please 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.
  11. by   LadyFree28
    I 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.
  12. by   DoGoodThenGo
    A few points:

    One, the elderly patient in question has since passed away. Two, it took the NYS DA's office some time to investigate and have charges brought. In addition to the abuse charges the LPN is also charged with making false statements/changing patient records due to some alteration of charting after the incident. While cameras are not in patient rooms for this facility they are in hallways and did record both the LPN and aide going in and out of the room.

    AG: Aides Bound, Smothered, Punched 88-Year-Old Nursing Home Patient - Breaking News - Miller Place-Rocky Point, NY Patch

    The DA presented evidence which we can assume included the witness making statements to the grand jury, and they in return sent up an indictment. Now maybe the co-worker is making things up (lying), but giving false evidence to a grand jury/criminal inquiry is a serious offence. Cannot imagine a healthcare worker would perjure him or her self and face a conviction and or jail for something that wasn't true.

    Since the LPN and aide have plead guilty the case will go to trial and truth will out then; that is unless one or both makes some sort of plea and or the case falls apart.
  13. by   BrandonLPN
    Oh, so they did plead guilty? I thought it said they plead not guilty.
  14. by   DoGoodThenGo
    My bad (shouldn't post before having my morning coffee)

    Meant to say the nurse and aide charged have pleaded *NOT* guilty.

    So again unless there is some sort of plea the whole thing will end up in court.