Nursing Home Aide Arrested For Tying Resident's Legs Together For Eight Hours

A nurse's aide at a nursing home was charged Monday with abusing an 80-year-old female patient by tying her legs together during an eight-hour shift, without supervision or authorization, the state attorney general said.

The aidewas charged with endangering the welfare of a physically disabled or incompetent person and violating the public health law. She pleaded not guilty Monday and was released without bail. A woman answering the phone at the nursing home said the management had no comment.

"The conduct alleged in today's arrest is despicable - a disheartening violation of the trust Long Islanders put in health care professionals to care for their loved ones," the attorney general said in a statement.

The aide was assigned to care for the patient on the midnight to 8 a.m. shift in November 2008, according to court papers. The patient suffered from Parkinson's disease and respiratory diseases, dementia, and hypertension, and "was incapable of caring for herself because of . . . [the] physical disabilities and mental diseases," according to court papers.

The aide bound the woman "without advising anyone of [the] restraint," papers said.

Several unnamed witnesses saw the elderly patient with her legs tied together, said an affidavit signed by a nursing home official who questioned the aide. 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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