Nursing Home Employee Fired After Allegedly Shouting at Resident and Pulling Her Hair

A nursing home employee was fired from her job after a colleague witnessed her pull the hair of an elderly patient, according to police. The former employee is free on $1,000 bail after denying assaulting an 81-year-old patient.

The alleged incident began early on the morning of Aug. 12, when the former employee had difficulty helping the older woman get dressed. Police said a nurse at the facility overheard the staff member shouting at the woman, who was seated in a wheelchair in the bathroom.
When the nurse went to investigate, she observed the staff member yelling at the woman and ordering her to get dressed, police said. Police said the nurse attempted to position herself between the resident and employee, but the employee "would not budge."  The employee then grabbed the elderly woman’s hair "and began yanking her head back and forth," according to the police report. At that point, police said, the nurse yelled for help, and other nursing home employees came to her aid.

Police said the nurse and another employee removed the staff member from the facility. She was terminated on the spot and police later arrested her at her home. According to the witness, the patient had bruising on her arms "and hair in her lap that had been pulled from her head."  The patient suffers from dementia and "did not recollect the incident," he said in his report. The staff member involved has a record of defaults and convictions. She was ordered to stay away from the nursing home and to appear in District Court on September 18. 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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