April 22, 2012
A worker at Cascades of Bremerton Retirement Community in Bremerton, Washington has reported to police that she witnessed a fellow worker abusing elderly residents, including poking their necks and foreheads, stepping on their feet, and covering their mouths and noses to stop them from speaking.
The alleged physical nursing home abuse is under investigation. A spokesperson for the nursing home said their investigation was inconclusive.
The patients who were allegedly abused are both in their 90’s and have dementia and are confined to wheelchairs. Neither resident said they were abused or scared of the accused worker.
The accuser said she reported the abuse because she is going on vacation soon and is worried about the safety of the residents.
Physical abuse in a nursing home should not be tolerated by residents or their families. We encourage anyone concerned about nursing home abuse to report the situation to the police immediately and contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.