Nursing Home Employee Charged with Abusing Four Elderly Dementia Patients

Police have charged a woman with four counts of felony elder abuse related to the care of elderly nursing home patients. The woman was employed at the 80-bed facility on and off for roughly five years. The abuse was discovered when the facility's director of nursing alerted police that she had received multiple emails from other staff who thought the woman was abusing patients.

According to court documents, the woman who worked with dementia patients, allegedly pinned a patient’s arm to his bed with her knee. The woman then put her hand over the man's mouth and told him to “shut up.” On a second occasion, the employee slapped a patient while changing him. She is also accused of twisting a patient's arm until he fell to the floor and punching a resident in the arm.

The employee admitted to police that she has been under a lot of stress and she is not sure whether her actions constituted abuse. She has been released after posting $10,000 bond. Arraignment is set for next week. 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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