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Cleveland Nursing Home Aide Admits Alzheimer Patient Abuse

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Maria Karban, 26, of Cleveland, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and agreed to relinquish her state nursing aid license and to not again seek employment with Medicaid funded health care providers.

The nursing assistant and a another nursing home aid, (Virgen Caraballo, 45) were caught on tape abusing 78-year old Alzheimer patient Esther Piskor at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Center at MetroHealth in Cleveland. Piskor’s son hid a video camera in an air purifier in the room after suspecting someone was abusing his mother.

A Plain Dealer reporter wrote that the videotape caught abuse between April 8 and May 15, when Karban sprayed Piskor in the face with body spray, and Caraballo forced Piskor into a wheelchair, tossed her onto a bed and pushed her face into the bed while giving her a bed-bath.

Caraballo pleaded guilty to seven counts of patient abuse which are 4th degree felonies. She will sentenced by Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold on January 9. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Clancy will sentence Karban on January 26. She faces a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

Attorney General Mike DeWine conducted the investigation into the allegations with assistance from the Cleveland Police, the Department of Health, and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, reported. disclaimer: This article: Cleveland Nursing Home Aide Admits Alzheimer Patient Abuse was posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 7:57 pm at and is filed under Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuits.

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