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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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Video Captures Elderly Woman’s Abuse by her Caregivers at Ontario Nursing Home

The level of abuse an elderly woman was suffering at the hands of her nurses at an Ontario nursing home was shocking, and probably would not have stopped if not for the hidden camcorder.

The graphic video captured how nurses at St. Joseph’s at Fleming fought with Hellen MacDonald, 85, who suffers from dementia. Nurses were shown shoving a feces-stained rag in her face and blowing their noses on her sheets, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported.

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Ohio Woman Indicted on Nursing Home Abuse Charges

A Dayton, Ohio, woman was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on Monday on felony charges of patient abuse.

Norma Black, 70, was an employee at the Arbors at Dayton Subacute and Rehabilitation Center when she abused a patient by smacking him, a fourth-degree felony. Black was issued a summons to appear in court, and she is scheduled to be arraigned on May 28. The abuse allegedly occurred during March 2012. Black was an activity assistant at the facility from 2007 until March 23, 2012, according to whiotv.com. More Ohio Woman Indicted on Nursing Home Abuse Charges

Ohio Nursing Home Called One of the ‘Worst’ Senior Centers in the U.S.

A nursing home located in Deer Park, Cincinnati, has been labeled as one of the worst senior care centers in the country.

Three separate inspections of the East Galbraith Health Care Center in 2012 revealed twice as many deficiencies than the statewide average, Cincinnati.com said.  The most serious infraction involved a female resident with dementia who was sexually assaulted by a male resident who also had dementia. The health care center failed to report the attacks in a timely manner.

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Caretaker Faces Involuntary Manslaughter Charges

A caretaker overseeing a patient who died due to a serious bedsore that turned into deadly bacteria, was just in Sacramento Superior Court to face charges of involuntary manslaughter concerning a nursing home resident.

Silvia Cata, 52, faces felony charges connected to the June 2012 death of 88-year-old Georgia Holzmeister, The Sacramento Bee said. Holzmeister suffered from dementia and lived at the facility Carta worked at for more than five years. While under Cata’s care, Holzmeister developed a Stage IV bedsore and died five days later without regaining consciousness, The Bee said. The attorney general contends that Holzmeister’s bedsore was able to develop because she was bedridden and neglected. By the time her family was informed of her declining condition, the deep bedsore on her buttocks had set off a severe bacterial infection that led to her death, the state contends, according to The Bee. More Caretaker Faces Involuntary Manslaughter Charges

Milwaukee Cardinal Questioned Over Handling of Sexual Abuse Allegations

Lawyers representing about 350 clients who allege they were molested by priests in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, questioned Cardinal Timothy Dolan yesterday. Dolan was once an archbishop in that city.

“We want him to answer exactly what he did with abusive priests, why he was paying them off and why he said he couldn’t provide decent restitution for survivors while moving tens of millions of dollars into secretive accounts,” said Peter Isley, who claims a Milwaukee priest sexually abused him in the late 1970s. Isley is also the Midwest director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. He said the sealed lawsuits probably date as far back as the 1970s, wrote The New York Daily News. More Milwaukee Cardinal Questioned Over Handling of Sexual Abuse Allegations

Woman Sentenced For Nursing Home Abuse

The former director of a California nursing home has been sentenced to three years in state prison after inappropriately medicating residents to keep them quiet.

Gwen D. Hughes pleaded no contest in October to one felony count of elder abuse with a special allegation that the abuse contributed to the victim’s death. According to the California Department of Justice, Hughes, 59, ordered the Kern Valley Healthcare District’s director of pharmacy to write doctor’s orders for psychotropic medication for 23 patients. Hughes reportedly wanted the prescriptions to keep the residents quiet, the Sacramento Bee wrote. More Woman Sentenced For Nursing Home Abuse

New Hampshire Woman Convicted of Stealing Morphine Intended For Elderly Nursing Home Patient

A New Hampshire woman has been convicted and sentenced for stealing morphine that was intended for an elderly nursing home patient.

Portsmouth resident, Nina Perez. was convicted and sentenced on January 2 for possession of a controlled drug and abuse of a facility patient. The former licensed practical nurse pled guilty in Rockingham County Superior Court. Perez stole the morphine in May 2012 while working at The Edgewood Centre, a nursing home in Portsmouth. The drug was meant for a patient at the facility, but Perez used it on herself. Perez was sentenced to 12 months at the Rockingham County House of Corrections followed by two years of probation. She also received two to five years at the New Hampshire State Prison and a $350 fine. Six months of the 12-month sentence was suspended for two years over good behavior. In total, Perez will spend three years behind bars, upon the condition of good behavior, according to Fosters.com. More New Hampshire Woman Convicted of Stealing Morphine Intended For Elderly Nursing Home Patient

Nursing Home Employee Charged with Sexual Abuse of 91-Year-Old Resident

Police in New York say a convicted rapist has been charged with the sexual abuse of a 91-year-old woman after he fondled her in the nursing home where the victim lives and where he works as a maintenance employee.

Richard Ragone, 64, allegedly placed his hands down the victim’s shirt and rubbed her breasts on November 30 after going to her room to change a light bulb. A coworker at the Loudonville Home for Adults in Loudonville, New York, caught Ragone molesting the woman. Ragone is a Level 3 sex offender who spent more than 16 years in prison for raping and sodomizing a Saratoga County woman in 1983. Nursing home officials fired Ragone after learning about the incident, and he confessed the crime to police in a statement, the Times Union reported. More Nursing Home Employee Charged with Sexual Abuse of 91-Year-Old Resident