July 2, 2011
Two nurse’s aids have been fired and one already charged after a hidden camera revealed the nursing home abuse of an elderly woman at Prentiss Center for Skilled Nursing Care in Cleveland, Ohio. The video shows the woman being hit in the face, violently moved around, and having her face shoved into a wall.
The camera was placed by the son of an elderly Alzheimer’s resident after he noticed signs that his mother was being abused. The man says the nursing home’s administration did nothing to stop the abuse and even told him he was “taking things to far”.
The man decided to put a camera in his mother’s room and even displayed a sign saying that a camera had been installed. The camera was recording for two months until the man decided he had enough evidence to prove his mother was being abused and this was not an isolated incident.
The state Department of Health verified that nursing home abuse did occur at the facility and cited the nursing home for “failing to prevent abuse and mistreatment from occurring.”
The nursing home said they have hired an independent firm to investigate the abuse and review the nursing home’s policies in an effort to ensure abuse does not happen again.
As shocking as reports like this are, abuse in nursing homes is not uncommon. If you or a loved one have been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect we urge you to contact the authorities right away. You should also talk to a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer to see what legal options you can pursue.