Nursing Home Fires Two Employees for Abusing Elderly Residents

A second nursing home employee has been fired from one facility for allegedly abusing an elderly patient, according to police.  The facility has now terminated three of their employees this month, including two for allegedly abusing disabled patients and one for failing to report that abuse. the employee who was a certified nursing assistant (CNA) was arraigned Friday in district court for allegedly stuffing a sock in the mouth of a 72-year-old female patient last month.

The incident wasn't reported to officials at the facility until this month, which prompted an internal nursing home investigation that led to the firings. The patient, who is blind, wheelchair bound, and has dementia, had been crying for help because she soiled herself, according to police. The CNA repeatedly told the elderly patient to "shut up," then shoved a sock in her mouth and pushed her arm, according to a criminal complaint filed in District Court.

Another nurse's assistant was present during the incident but delayed reporting it, according to case records. She was terminated by facility officials for failing to report the incident in a timely manner. The employee told police she initially was reluctant to report the incident because she feared the CNA might find out and retaliate against her.This incident is similar to one earlier this month when a employee was fired after colleagues allegedly witnessed her pulling the hair of an 81-year-old female patient. This employee was fired on the spot. Both cases are pending. 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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