Nurse's Aide Uses Pillow To Silence Screaming Resident At Nursing Home

A nurse’s assistant is accused of using a pillow to silence a patient at a nursing home.

The 23-year-old aide was arrested Saturday on suspicion of third-degree assault on an at-risk victim and misdemeanor neglect of an at-risk victim. The arrest came after a staff member at the nursing home reported allegations of abuse Friday to the Police Department.

According to police records, a fellow nurse’s aide at the facility watched as the aide  placed a pillow over the face of a female patient in order to stop her screaming.

The woman has been a patient at the facility six years, is not ambulatory and has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the affidavit said.

The patient repeated the same allegations to a police officer.

A co-worker there told the officer she was attending to another patient across the hallway around 6 a.m. Thursday when she heard yelling and screaming from a woman, and “[the aide] yelling at her to shut up.” the affidavit said.

“A moment later the screams abruptly became muffled,” the affidavit said.

The co-worker said she saw a pillow covering the victim’s face. The aide explained the woman was “(expletive) screaming in my ear, I can’t take it,” the affidavit said.

When interviewed a second time by an officer, the patient alleged the aide had shoved a white rag inside her mouth before covering her face.

She claimed the aide had done similar things to her in the past. For more, read the story.

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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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