August 4, 2012
Three Tennessee certified nursing assistants were arrested earlier this week for alleged nursing home abuse, while two other CNAs were arrested and are accused of not reporting the abuse.
The alleged abuse took place at Appalachian Christian Village nursing home where the CNAs are accused of squirting water at residents with syringes to cause them discomfort.
The three accused of abuse were indicted on two counts of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a dependent adult. The two other CNAs face one count of failing to report abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a dependent adult.
While many of us have heard news of physical abuse caught on hidden cameras or sexual abuse of residents, not all nursing home abuse is so blatant. In a case such as this, the staff involved were not hitting residents, but rather degrading and irritating them with no respect for them as human beings.
If you suspect a loved is suffering any form of nursing home abuse or neglect you need to alert the police right away. From there you should contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to weigh out your legal options.
All nursing home residents deserve to be properly care for and treated with respect–no exceptions. Issues such as bed sores or abusive staff should not be tolerated. We all need to speak out and fight back against nursing home abuse.