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Two Charged With Striking Elderly Woman in Illinois Nursing Home

Video surveillance allegedly shows two aides at a Illinois nursing home striking an elderly woman with dementia.

Chemyra Barnett, 18, and Jacqueline Santos, 18, both of South Elgin, appeared in court Friday on charges of abuse. Each is charged with one count of aggravated battery of a person older than 60, a class 3 felony, and one count of illegal videotaping, according to the Chicago Tribune. More Two Charged With Striking Elderly Woman in Illinois Nursing Home

Minnesota Nursing Home Cited for Not Reviving Patient

St. Benedict’s Senior Community, a nursing home in St. Cloud, Minnesota, has been cited after staff members chose not to resuscitate a patient who had no pulse.

According to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Health (DoH), the resident complained of dizziness and became unresponsive after walking to the dining room for lunch. Staff detected a pulse and proceeded to move the resident to the back of the room. Staff checked on the resident a short while later and found that she had no pulse, StarTribune.com reported. More Minnesota Nursing Home Cited for Not Reviving Patient

Nursing Home Abuse Caught on Camera

After noticing a handful of things she had bought for her 96-year-old mother had gone missing, Doris Racher placed a hidden camera in her mother’s room at an Oklahoma nursing home. Racher never found out who was taking her mother’s items, but instead found out her mother was being abused.

Racher watched in disgust as one aide stuffed latex gloves into Mrs. Eryetha Mayberry’s mouth, while another taunted her, the New York Times reported. The camera also saw a worker lift her from her wheelchair, and then fling her on a bed. Another worker performed a few heavy-handed chest compressions. Based on the videos, one aide pleaded guilty to abuse and neglect, while another appears to have fled the country, the New York Times reported. Sadly, scenes like the one Mrs. Mayberry endured have been reported in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other states by relatives who placed hidden cameras in rooms to find out how their loved one was being treated.

Earlier this month, Oklahoma became the third state (New Mexico and Texas) to openly permit residents in long-term care facilities to maintain surveillance cameras in their rooms. In the last two years, five states have considered similar laws. While some states have administrative guidelines that allow for electronic monitoring, most legislative efforts have failed due to concerns over privacy rights.

Families are not the only ones who have used hidden cams to find out what is going on at these homes. According to the New York Times, last year that New York state attorney general’s office demonstrated its methods at a national training program for state investigators. In June, the Ohio state attorney general announced that his office, in correlation with the families, had placed cameras in residents’ rooms in an unspecified number of state facilities, the New York Times reported.

Nursing Home Near St. Louis Blamed for Injuries to Woman

The family of an 86-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s claim that the woman was abused by staffers of a west St. Louis County nursing home.

Robin Foster alleges that her mother’s eye was swollen and closed shut after what the Delmar Garden’s West Nursing Home claimed was a bad fall. Foster told KMOV.com that there was no way the injury was caused by the fall. The nursing home claimed that the woman fell in her bedroom. However, Foster said the pictures provided by the hospital show her mother suffered a broken nose, broken cheekbones and bruising to her eye.

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Florida Woman Charged with Running Abusive Adult Care Home

The owner of an adult care home in Florida was formally charged with running an abusive center. Priscilla Smith Johnson faces allegations of mistreatment of residents, restraining one with handcuffs, as well as instances of the abuse or neglect of others.

Johnson was charged with neglect of a disabled adult, false imprisonment, aggravated abuse and exploitation, Gainesville.com reported, citing a press release from the Florida attorney general’s office. Levy County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Tummond said that Johnson was in a Gainesville hospital but would be taken to the Alachua County Jail once she is released. News of why she was hospitalized was not made public.

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Nurse’s Aid Charged with Abusing Elderly Woman

An aid in a New York nursing home was arrested late last week in connection with the abuse of an elderly woman, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced.

Sarina Francis, an aid at the Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person or an incompetent or physically disabled person, TimesUnion.com reported. She was also charged with two counts of willful violation of health laws, and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, TimesUnion.com reported.

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Staffing Issues Claimed to Cause Nursing Home Negligence

Elderly care workers say their industry is facing serious staffing issues, which is leading to substandard care for the residents.

Through a series of interviews, ABC’s Lateline program found that workers often do not have enough time to properly feed, hydrate or take to the toilet all of their residents. The program also found that infections and bone fractures can go undiagnosed and that there are at least 10 medication mistakes a month. Staffers told ABC Lateline that lawsuits claiming neglect and abuse against care workers have left the industry short on staffing.

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Federal Officials Still Seeking to Lessen Dosing of Nursing Home Residents with Antipsychotic Meds

The federal government says a two-year program designed to reduce the number of people living in nursing homes who are prescribed antipsychotic drugs has not reached its goal.

In recent years, many patients have been prescribed a class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotic drugs. The most popular drugs in this class are sold as Risperdal, Seroquel, Zyprexa, and Abilify and we’ve reported extensively on the side effects associated with them.

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Family of Nursing Home Patient who Died After Wandering Off One Cold Night is Filing a Lawsuit

The family of an elderly woman who died after drifting out of her assisted living facility in Wisconsin has filed a lawsuit against the facility, alleging that its negligence caused the woman’s death.

On Jan. 17, an Appleton police sergeant found Delores Wiersum, 85, lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood less than a mile away from the Heritage senior home. She died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, the Post Crescent reported. An autopsy revealed that Wiersum fell at least five times over the four-hour period she was outside in 15-degree temperatures.

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Texas Caregiver Arrested after Nursing Home Resident Found Gashed and Bruised

A man was arrested Tuesday night in connection with injuries suffered by an elderly woman in a Texas nursing home.

Police chief Chris Aulbaugh told CBS-11 they took James Seaton, a worker at the Kaufman Healthcare Center in Kaufman, Texas, into custody on a felony charge of aggravated assault. The arrest involved injuries suffered by 88-year-old Sammie Berry while under Seaton’s care. Seaton, who tried to conceal what happened and later blamed someone else, was taken to the Kaufman County jail, CBS-11 reported.

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