May 27, 2011
A Farmington, New Mexico nurse is accused of nursing home abuse involving fracturing one resident’s arm and harshly squeezing another resident’s arms. The accused man waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
A witness said the male nurse picked an 82-year-old female resident up under her arms and angrily carried her to her room. The elderly woman suffered a fractured arm, bruising, and swelling. The nurse says the resident tried to hit him and he was carrying her to her room to clam down.
Another witness reported that the nurse squeezed a resident’s arms against her wheelchair armrests and scolder her. A housekeeper at the nursing home said the nurse yelled at the residents on other occasions as well.
Physical abuse of nursing home residents, while shocking, is not uncommon throughout our country. If you or a loved one has been abused–physically or otherwise–in a nursing home, you should alert the police of the abuse immediately. We also advise you to contact a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer who can help you get the justice you deserve, as well as help prevent future abuse.