September 2, 2011
Three workers at Winterville Retirement Center in Athens, Georgia have been indicted on charges that include physical and financial abuse of the residents at the nursing home.
Arrests were made over a three month period earlier this year after investigations revealed a nursing aide had punched a resident in the face for taking some extra butter at the food hall. After that resident passed away–apparently not due to her injuries, which came from hitting a food cart and the floor after being punched–another worker at the nursing home stole more than 100 Xanax pills that had been prescribed to the now deceased resident. The worker was arrested and had theft related charges brought against her.
The administrator of the nursing home was also arrested and charged with theft and exploitation after an investigation revealed that she had stolen Social Security and pension checks from a resident, and even sold a special lift chair which had been donated to the nursing home in memory of a former resident. The administrator removed the dedication plaque from the chair, sold the chair, and took the money.
In some facilities nursing home abuse and neglect are indeed running rampant and cases of abuse should be reported to authorities immediately. But even at seemingly well-run facilities abuse can indeed occur. It is always best to get in touch with a nursing home abuse attorney to see what legal action can be taken against the abusers.