Certified Nursing Assistant Charged with Injury to an Elderly Person

Administrators at one nursing home have fired a certified nursing assistant (CNA) following reports that she injured an 88-year-old patient. According to police records, the CNA is facing a charge of injury to the elderly, disabled reckless bodily injury.

Other staff members of the facility told police that the CNA was trying to change the clothes of a male patient who resisted. They witnessed the CNA become frustrated and grab the patient's upper arms, pushing him toward the toilet in the restroom area. Staff members said they saw the CNA put the elderly resident in a "head lock" and try to force the man to the toilet with her hand on the patient's chest.

The resident complained of chest pain later that night and a staff member noticed bruising on the patient's upper arms. Following the incident, Administrators put the CNA on administrative leave. She was later fired. Police have indicated that they plan to arrest the woman in connection with the criminal charges. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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