August 2, 2011
After previously trying to move a nursing home abuse victim to another facility after the abuse was caught on camera, MetroHealth Medical Center of Cleveland, Ohio has agreed to let the victim stay at the nursing home. However, as part of the agreement they want the camera that caught the abuse removed from their facility.
The family of the victim argued that they wanted their loved one to stay at her current nursing home since the abusers have been removed and given her fragile health situation. The nursing home originally said they wanted the resident gone “to ensure her safety and welfare”. The family, however, was not buying it.
After a meeting between Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose and the nursing home, the family has won the right to keep their loved one at her current residence pending a state health department administrative hearing.
The son of the victim said he is happy with the decision but noted that the nursing home got what they wanted in having the camera removed. However, a sitter has been appointed to watch over the victim around the clock.
The victim’s son also said that no one from the nursing home has directly apologized to the family for the abuse.
In some states it is illegal for a nursing home to remove a hidden camera or kick out a resident for using one, but not in Ohio.
If you think a loved one has been a victim of abuse or neglect at a nursing facility we advise you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss the matter.