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December 24th, 2010

An ex-nursing home aide will see jail time for removing pain patches from elderly patients at a nursing home in Wisconsin. The woman pleaded no contest to possession of narcotic drugs and patient abuse. She will be on probation for three years and made a plea agreement in which she was ordered to serve six months in jail; however, she will serve only 30 days if she shows progress in her drug treatment program.

The woman had been removing pain medication patches from elderly residents at St. Mary’s Care Center nursing home in Wisconsin. Staff learned of the nursing home abuse in March. Among the former nursing aid’s victims was a 63-year-old terminally ill patient.

Under the plea deal, several charges against the woman were dismissed. She does, however, face a second count of patient abuse at Drug Treatment Court.

Nursing home abuse comes in many forms. Often abusers prey on the most vulnerable of nursing home patients. If you have a loved one in a nursing home it is crucial that you know the signs of nursing home abuse. If you suspect abuse you should alert authorities immediately and contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss your legal rights.

source: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime_and_courts/article_ca0fddd8-0e43-11e0-a666-001cc4c03286.html

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