April 19, 2013
A Lucas County Common Pleas Court jury in Ohio returned a guilty verdict last week in regards to a former worker accused of nursing home abuse last year.
According to reports, 31-year-old Tacarra Bryson was working at the Liberty West Nursing Home in February 2012 when the abuse occurred. Per court documents, Bryson threw an elderly patient down to the floor and proceeded to punch her in the face and head.
After the abuse was reported, Bryson was terminated from her position at the nursing home. She will face sentencing on May 15. She faces a maximum 18 months in prison.
Along with criminal charges, Bryson may also face civil charges. The victim’s family has the option of retaining a nursing home abuse attorney and filing civil charges for damages.
Another Ohio nursing home was placed on the federal nursing home watch list this week after inspections revealed several state and federal violations. Deer Park’s East Galbraith Health Center had several violations, including negligent staff behavior and unsanitary conditions.
However, the worst infraction was the alleged nursing home sexual abuse of the one of the female residents last year by another male resident. In addition, a registered nurse is required by federal law to be on the premises at all time, yet there were several occasions when a nurse was not present. Medication was also dispensed late and on some instances, patients didn’t receive their daily medication at all.
East Galbraith must rectify all violations before being taken off the federal watch list. Since 2008, several Ohio nursing homes have been able to successfully accomplish this in order to be taken off the list.