Nursing Home Aide Stuffs Sock in Dementia Patient's Mouth to Keep Quiet

An aide at a nursing home has been accused of cramming a sock into the mouth of a screaming resident because the woman wouldn't be quiet, according to a state Health Department report. The elderly resident had dementia and was on the special care unit of the facility.

The report quotes a co-worker as saying, "What the hell are you doing?" as the incident unfolded on Jan. 4 in the resident's room. The co-worker, who witnessed the incident, told an investigator that the nursing assistant "chuckled" and responded that the resident "wouldn't quit hollering," the report added. The co-worker then removed the sock from the resident's mouth.

The nursing assistant, who was hired in October 2009 was fired after the incident. Speaking to a state investigator, he denied putting the sock in the resident's mouth and said some of his colleagues were trying to force him out. He added that the resident was mentally incompetent.

A claim by the resident that the assistant also slapped her that evening could not be substantiated. No fault by the care center was found and there were no other individuals named in the case. 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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