Often, people who enter Illinois nursing homes have some difficulty fully functioning independently. Their ability to articulate concerns may be limited as well. Unfortunately, there are times when the vulnerability of these people may put them in a position to be abused.
Recently, a man who suspected that his mother was being mistreated at her nursing home took matters into his own hands. He hid a camera in an air purifier and recorded several instances of nursing home abuse.
The videos showed instances of physical restraint and violence and prompted an investigation. Two nursing assistants were ultimately charged with abusing the woman. This week, one of the nursing assistants was sentenced to over 10 years in prison for her role in the abuse. She was also forced to surrender her nursing aid license.
The second nursing assistant pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge last month. If convicted, she could face up to six months in jail.
When a loved one enters a nursing home, it is expected that they will be cared for and treated with dignity. The reality is that this does not always happen and a person may suffer injuries or experience neglect. Common forms of abuse include medication errors, hygienic negligence, physical or sexual assault, deprivation, and humiliation.
Victims of this type of abuse may not be able to articulate or report the abuse. Loved ones should be aware of symptoms such as agitation, fear or injury that may be exhibited. If someone suspects abuse, it should be reported immediately. After reporting the suspected abuse, a person may want to obtain the services of a legal professional in order to hold the nursing home financially responsible.
Source: The Republic, "Ohio nursing assistant gets 10.5 years in prison for elderly abuse captured on hidden camera," January 9, 2012