When West Virginia residents place their loved one in a nursing home, it is with the expectation that they will be treated with care.When these facilities fail in their obligation to patients, it can result in pain and suffering for both the patients and their extended families. A recent case ofphysical abuse in a nursing home underlines the importance of recognizing the signs of mistreatment.
A woman with Alzheimer's disease was checked into a nursing facility by her family. West Virginia residents will note that the family began to receive complaints of threats and physical abuse from a staff caregiver. The nursing facility assured the family that there was nothing wrong, but that the disease was causing the patient to remember events that did not actually happen. The elderly woman specifically complained that a doctor threatened to hurt her and threw shoes at her.
The woman's room showed signs of a disruptive event. There were shoes thrown about, broken glass on the floor and a broken lamp. In addition to the physical abuse, there were also issues of mental abuse, including calling her phone and other behavior attributed to stalking. The man was charged with stalking and abuse of a vulnerable adult. The motive behind his actions are not known.
It can be frustrating and painful to learn that a loved one has suffered because of physical abuse in a nursing home. When these occasions occur, families can exercise their right for legal recourse by filing a civil claim against the facility and any others deemed culpable. Nursing homes are responsible for protecting residents from harm and when they fail, the administration and staff can face claims for financial responsibility.
Source: woodtv.com, "Caregiver charged with abusing, stalking assisted living home patient", May 29, 2015