Families of Nursing Home Abuse Victims Speak Out for Their Loved Ones

Family members of elderly residents abused at a nursing home shared testimonies last week in court of how their loved ones changed during the time the abusive employee worked with them at the nursing home.The family members spoke of the impact the abuse had on their loved ones. They explained how their loved ones went from being loving and caring people affected by dementia to people who were tense, agitated and even combative after the abuse.

The former aide, has been convicted of three counts of disorderly conduct by a caregiver — all gross misdemeanors — for her abuse at the nursing home from January through May 2008. She is one of six young women who were believed to have taken part in the abuse.

The nephew of one resident testified that when the teenage nursing assistants were employed at the nursing home, his aunt’s was tense and agitated, but when the aide in questions was no longer an employee, her demeanor improved. Other families at the facility echoed the same situations with their own loved ones. The families said if the case does nothing else, they hope it shed light on vulnerable adult abuse and helps ensure that other families will not need to experience a similar situation. 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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