Earlier this month, the Brown Wharton & Brothers Law Firm in Houston, Texas settled a case involving a 77-year-old Alzheimer’s patient who was physically abused by a nursing home worker. The 51-year-old nursing home employee was arrested on a charge to injure the elderly.
After the patient was admitted to the facility for assistance related to memory care, her daughter began noticing unexplained bruising and injuries to her mother. With the approval of the nursing home’s management, the daughter was allowed to install a hidden camera in her mother’s room in order to determine the cause of the injuries. Police stated that the video from the hidden camera showed that one of the nursing home’s employees hit the elderly patient in the face and body, then shoved her onto the bed.
The patient, who was admitted to the facility around August 2013, experienced a nasty fall in January 2015 and was admitted to the nearby hospital. At that time, the family retrieved the video footage from her room where they observed the physical abuse by the nursing home worker. In addition to hitting the 77-year-old resident, it was also noted that she aggressively grabbed and pulled the patient up from the bathroom floor and put her back into her bed.
Current Condition of the Nursing Home Victim
Currently, the 77-year-old nursing home victim is living at home. After her incident with the nursing home, her family moved her home and set up her room similar to a hospital room. Following the incident, she is now on regular pain medications for both hip and back pain, and she is no longer to walk upright. A doctor, nurse, LVN, and social worker now travel to the home in order to care for her.
The family indicated that this event has turned their lives upside down.
Concerns Over Nursing Home Abuse
Although the actual number of nursing home abuse instances in the United States each year is unknown, studies have found that the elderly are abused at 1 in 3 nursing homes.
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