A 36-year old woman from Albany, New York who was working as a certified nurse’s aide has pleaded guilty to abusing a resident at the nursing home where she worked.
Sarina Francis was a member of staff at the Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Albany when the abuse was carried out. She pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person in the second degree which counts as a Class E felony.
Francis admitted to physically abusing an elderly resident by grabbing her wrist and twisting her arm behind her head resulting in a fracture. She will be sentenced this March when she will more than likely spend time in the Albany County Jail.
It is unclear why Francis treated the resident in this way, but what is known is that in our nation nursing home abuse stories like this one are not uncommon. Many medical professionals including nurses, nurse’s aides and caregivers have been proven to show a clear disregard for their responsibilities when they abuse or neglect residents.
Choosing a nursing home for a loved one to spend their days is a challenging and difficult decision wrought with worry about where the best place is and where the best care will be given.
When staff treat patients in this way and are guilty of abusing those who are most vulnerable it is right to bring them to justice and ensure that they reap the consequences of their actions.
The lawyers at Brown Wharton & Brothers Nursing Home Law Firm know first hand about abuse in nursing homes. The partners have experience of their own family members spending time in nursing home facilities under the care of trusted professionals. Unfortunately even though trust is put into the hands of paid caregivers, it is very often broken. Call the Brown Wharton & Brothers Nursing Home Law Firm if you are seeking damages in a nursing home abuse case.