October 1st, 2010
Eleven employees of Potomac Center nursing home in Arlington, Virginia have been indicted for nursing home abuse, with two convictions already made.
The charges came after the FBI placed a hidden camera in long-time resident Jack Evans’ room, leading to charges ranging from nursing home neglect to forgery to assault and battery. Evans had lived at Potomac for the last seven years of his life. He was partially paralyzed, had trouble breathing, and could hardly move. His wife, Mary Kay Evans, said she complained constantly about his treatment there.
“My husband’s diaper, I would come in 12 hours later, the diaper was saturated, never been changed,” said Mrs. Evans. “His dentures were never removed and cleaned. His fingernails were long, his body was dirty. He had never been shaved.”
The Virginia State Medicaid Fraud office asked Mrs. Evans if she would allow the FBI to place a surveillance camera in her husband’s room and she agreed. The most serious charge involves a registered nurse apparently caught on camera holding a pillow over Mr. Evans’ face.
In response to the abuse and neglect, Mrs. Evans has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Potomac Center, it’s holding company Genesis Healthcare, and 35 other defendants.
“All nursing homes should have cameras. These people need protection and they’re not going to get it without the cameras,” said Mrs. Evans.