May 30, 2013
A Glendive, Montana woman has been charged this week with assisted living abuse after reportedly abusing at least four males at a local assisted living home for veterans.
According to reports, Susan Stablefeldt was arraigned this Tuesday at the Glendive District Court for the abuse of four veterans at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home; a home for disabled veterans who suffer from dementia.
The abuse started earlier this year on January 29, when Nursing Director Christy Kemp informed authorities that several men at the assisted living home complained that Stablefeldt was assaulting them.
In one particular incident, one of the victims stated that Stablefeldt pinned him down and held while mouth while telling him to “ shut-up.” Another victim’s arm was twisted behind his back, and yet another one was slapped across the face. Each allegation was backed by co-workers who happened to witness the incidents.
When police interviewed Stablefeldt, she claimed she didn’t mean to cause harm to anyone and that her recent stress may have played a part in the abuse. In addition, she said that every incident of abuse was her way of defending herself after the victims physically grabbed her. She claimed she felt threatened and did what she did only to protect herself.
However, per Parker Powell, CEO of Montana Health Network, the management company of the assisted living facility, each and every allegation of abuse is dealt with immediately:
“We have a strict policy in place to ensure abuse or any kind of mistreatment does not happen to our long-term care residents. Any employee who violates our policy and standard of care is subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal and possible criminal prosecution,” Parker told a local newspaper.
Stabelfeldt was a contractor via the Montana Health Network. She was placed in the wing of the facility that typically housed veterans with moderate to severe dementia.
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