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October 25, 2012

Earlier this week, four employees were suspended for allegedly abusing nursing home patients in a local Arlington nursing home.

According to a 400-page reports created by state investigators, an administrator, staff member, and two nursing aides at the Heritage Oaks Nursing Center, were found to be in violation of of the state’s mandated nursing home laws. Per the investigation, one of the employees, 43-year-old Maria Acosta, pulled the hair of a resident, Mynez Carter. The investigators stated that although Carter was refusing care by pushing and kicking, that in no way excuses any sort of physical abuse by the nursing home staff.

The report stems back to earlier this year in August, when hidden cameras revealed that Acosta was treating Carter roughly and negligently. Additionally, another worker was caught pinching Carter’s leg. After Carter’s family filed a report, investigators were at the scene shortly after. Acosta was arrested in her home after investigators reviewed the footage. She was charged with assault against an elderly person.

In addition to all four employees being suspended indefinitely, the nursing home was cited for neglect.

The nursing home has been taking the proper measures since the abuse occurred, and have met the required guidelines by educating its staff members on the proper rules for nursing home abuse and neglect.

Carter remains in the nursing home because of the required medical care, but family members have been monitoring her closely. Her daughter, Ruth Carter, stated that since the abuse has been caught, her mother has been in much better spirits. However, the family intends to keep a close eye on their mother indefinitely. The family has not yet stated whether they’ll be retaining a nursing home abuse lawyer.


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