Nursing Assistants Charged With Abuse After Using Elderly Resident to Pull a Prank

Six Skilled Nursing Center former employees were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of elder abuse. Each of the former employees could be sentenced to up to a year in jail if found guilty of the elder abuse charges.

All of the employees were certified nursing assistants at the facility. They have been accused of allegedly slathering A + D ointment, from head to toe, on seven elderly residents of the facility Nov. 28, to make them "slippery" for employees working the next shift, according to the state Attorney General's Office.Fortunately no residents were physically injured as a result of the staff actions, but the abused residents suffered from dementia and couldn't object to being covered in ointment.

The six employees were fired officials at the facility learned what had happened. The facility reported the incident the night it happened.  The District Attorney filed complaints against the six defendants last week, charging them with one misdemeanor count each of injury to an elder, battery of an elder, conspiracy, and battery committed on hospital grounds. The charges would likely be sentenced as redundant charges for the same offense, meaning the defendants, if convicted, would likely be sentenced to up to a year of jail time. 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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