August 10, 2011
Two former nursing assistants at Valley View Skilled Nursing facility in Ukiah, California who orchestrated a ‘prank’ on dementia patients involving covering them with slippery ointment were sentenced to 20 days in jail and received two years probation.
Other nursing assistants involved in the nursing home abuse had their licenses revoked and were placed on two years probation and must complete community service assignments. They were also immediately fired by the nursing home when the case broke in 2009.
The “prank” involved coating seven defenseless dementia patients with a slippery ointment for the next shift of workers to deal with. None of the residents were physically harmed during the ordeal.
“Elder abuse in any form, including the lack of dignity and respect for elders, will not be tolerated,” said Deputy District Attorney Douglas Parker.
If you think your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home you should report the problem to authorities immediately and also contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.