Dozens of charges files in Alzheimer's center case

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    I believe this article is timely considering the recent debate on right to refuse and the reactions of those who work in LTC and SNF.

    Big brother IS watching so like I said before, if you are doing illegal things you might be next.

    Dozens of charges filed in Alzheimer's center case

    3:15 p.m. EDT July 2, 2013

    Story Highlights


    • More than 20 former employees filed criminal charges
    • State investigators have revealed alleged cruel treatment of patients
    • The charges result from a three-month investigation



    COMMERCE, Ga. (AP) — More than 20 former employees of a Georgia center for people with Alzheimer's disease face dozens of criminal charges after state investigators uncovered allegations of cruel treatment of patients.

    The charges stem from a three-month investigation of Alzheimer's Care of Commerce, a facility about 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a written statement.

    Agents used a search warrant Tuesday morning to search for evidence at the center.
    GBI officials say the investigation uncovered accounts of physical abuse, such as staff members striking patients and throwing water on them.

    Warrants were issued for the arrests of 21 former and present employees, authorities said. Charges including cruelty to people 65 or older and involve accusations of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

    "Information obtained through the investigation indicated that patients were restrained with bed sheets and subjected to inhumane and undignified conditions to include 'double diapering,' which is a practice whereby multiple diapers were placed on the patients at once to keep the staff from changing soiled diapers as often," the GBI said in a statement.

    GBI agents say they also learned that patients were being cared for by people with prior felony convictions that include voluntary manslaughter and identity theft.
    Telephone messages left at the center by The Associated Press Tuesday morning were not immediately returned.

    The facility's owner, Donna Wright, was also charged with cruelty to a person 65 Years of age or older; and abuse, neglect, financial exploitation and failure to report under the Protection of Disabled Adults and Elderly Persons statute, authorities said. It wasn't immediately clear whether Wright has an attorney.

    Authorities were planning a Tuesday afternoon news conference to discuss the case.
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/02...probe-alleged/
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Jul 3, '13
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    I hope they rot in jail.
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    That is just awful. I hope those people rot in jail.
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    That's a very sad article, I hope those people get whats coming to them.


    I resent the insinuation that nurses/cnas who post here "do illegal things" or that anything as heinous as this would be accepted as OK. The vast majority of us love our patients and would never do anything to harm them.
    tewdles, ktwlpn, and Hygiene Queen like this.
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    Quote from Glycerine82
    That's a very sad article, I hope those people get whats coming to them.


    I resent the insinuation that nurses/cnas who post here "do illegal things" or that anything as heinous as this would be accepted as OK. The vast majority of us love our patients and would never do anything to harm them.
    Sorry if I hit a nerve with you but I have read some comments here from people who DO do things that would be considered illegal. Especially in a recent thread about the right to refuse having many meanings. I was appalled by some of the comments from those who work in LTC and SNF. And yes, it is illegal to use a bedsheet as a restraint

    The bottom line is this: if you are not doing anything shady than my comments shouldn't offend you. It makes me feel great to know that big brother is watching and there is hope for those in SNF and LTC who are being abused by their caregivers. Yes, there are laws to protect them and they are being enforced.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jul 3, '13 : Reason: TOS
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    I am not offended by your comment. I just wanted to point out that the vast majority of us love our patients and wouldn't do anything to hurt them. There is a very big difference between the heinous acts spoken of in that article and the things discussed in that thread.
    tewdles, MoopleRN, Hygiene Queen, and 1 other like this.
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    I'm also offended & I can promise you I have never tied a person up in a bed sheet or participated in any other "shady" activity in the nearly 30 years I have worked in LTC. Can you please include a link where it was posted that someone thinks this is OK.

    I think those of us who have dedicated our lives to the care of these folks become offended when it would appear that someone is SO quick to point the finger and have an automatic assumption that there is something wrong in LTC - even tho they appear to have very little understanding of the system & have obviously never worked in the specialty.

    Are there/have there been bad apples in LTC - of course but this is true of every nursing speciality, teachers, cops, figherfighters, etc! Climb off the high horse and come work in LTC....be the change you want it to be!
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    This story breaks my heart and ****** me off. Dealing with patients who have dementia and Alzheimer's is tough, but that is not an excuse for this. Those poor people. Who knows what all abuse they suffered.. Mental, physical, sexual, etc. I'm just glad someone stepped in and stopped it.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jul 3, '13 : Reason: TOS
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    Quote from Glycerine82
    I am not offended by your comment. I just wanted to point out that the vast majority of us love our patients and wouldn't do anything to hurt them. There is a very big difference between the heinous acts spoken of in that article and the things discussed in that thread.
    ^THIS...

    I remember that post...NO ONE had spoke of ANYTHING similar of what the people charged in the article we in charge of.

    I even remember your response and patterns of response from the post from YOU OP.

    If anything, I am disheartened and highly concerned that you would continue to visit this site and insinuate that people would blatantly mistreat their patients.

    Whatever your experiences have been, I am sorry you have experienced them, I am; but you can't tie to your experience and paint a broad brush on LTC and skilled nursing, based on your experience...it is certainly not easing your pain at all, and if anything, you seem to desire to deride nurses here that you do not know from Adam, which is flame-ish.

    I wish you peace in figuring out why would you choose to post here, lashing out your pain related to your mother, and find a way to work through your loss.
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    If I may refer to another thread:
    There is a thread in the CNA section of the student nurse forums wherein a CNA is rather (rightfully) upset because of the abusive treatment they are seeing in an LTC.
    This poster mentions hitting and finger twisting.
    A number of us have encouraged this CNA to REPORT.
    I hope the OP of that thread would see this thread here and find the courage to do what's right.
    I'm afraid if this CNA stays at the facility and stays mum, that not only will the abuse continue, but that this CNA will go down with the rest, just by association.
    Think this CNA has a good heart and I hope they do the right thing.
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