Nursing Home Investigated After Alleged Abuse of Dementia Patient

Officials in one state are investigating allegations of patient abuse at a nursing home where five employees were fired. The investigation comes after the Department of Health suspended admissions to the facility on Thursday after the home failed to stop and immediately report allegations of resident abuse.

The attorney for the facility confirmed that three nursing assistants were fired after being accused of repeatedly spraying water onto a sleeping dementia patient to watch her reaction. Two other nursing assistants were fired for providing false reports.

The report states the assistants participated in irritating the patient because it was "funny." They initially used tap water  that was sprayed onto the ceiling to and allowed to drip onto the patient. In subsequent visits, the CNAs also allegedly used water from ice coolers and a toilet to spray onto exposed areas, such as the patient’s face and hands, which surveyors noted cause the patient to awaken and curse and yell. 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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