Free Attorney Consultation

1-800-516-4783

Nursing Home Abuse in Ohio

Woman Pleads Guilty in Ohio Nursing Home Abuse Case

December 27, 2011

A former nursing assistant at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio has recently pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault of an elderly Alzheimer’s patient. The nursing home abuse was caught on a hidden camera placed by the resident’s son.

The woman, who was fired from the nursing home along with three other employees, could serve up to six months in jail.

Another ex-employee at the nursing home pleaded guilty last month to seven felony counts of patient abuse or neglect. Both women are scheduled to be sentenced next month.

Hidden cameras are a vital tool in the fight against nursing home abuse. If you have caught the abuse of a loved one on camera, or see warning signs of abuse or neglect, you need to contact the authorities immediately and get in touch with a nursing home abuse lawyer.

A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you get financial compensation for the abuse, which also serves as a punishment and warning to the nursing home against allowing further abuse.

source: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/woman-pleads-guilty-in-cleveland-nursing-home-abuse

Update on Ohio Budget Cuts and Nursing Home Abuse

April 26, 2011

Last Saturday Ohio nursing home advocates came out in opposition of state budget cuts that could lead to nursing home abuse and neglect. State Rep. John Carey heard their concerns and says he does not think the budget cuts will affect nursing homes.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget cuts included decreased funding to skilled nursing facilities, with a cut of more than $400 million in Medicaid payments to nursing homes over the next two years. However, Carey told those at the town hall meeting that he does not think the budget cuts will be put into effect given better than expected tax revenues than were originally projected.

“On a positive vein, revenues are coming in much stronger than projected,” said Carey. “By the time we get into the process, I think there will be more money to put into the budget.”

The town hall meeting was held at Holzer Senior Care Center in Bidwell, Ohio. Most of the nursing home advocates in attendance were Holzer employees, residents, and family members.

Nursing home advocates who stand up for the protection of the elderly play a critical role in the fight against nursing home abuse. Also important is the role of a nursing home abuse lawyer who will fight for you and your family if nursing home abuse or neglect happens.

source: http://mydailytribune.com/bookmark/12921392

Possible Sexual Nursing Home Abuse in Ohio

September 11, 2011

An investigation in underway into possible sexual nursing home abuse of a severely brain damaged woman at Grande Oaks nursing home in Oakwood Village, Ohio. The 29-year-old woman, who cannot move, was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.

Grande Oaks says they have investigated the incident and determined that the woman had the STD prior to living at the nursing home. A nursing home abuse lawyer for the family says there is no evidence that the woman had an STD before the accident that brain damaged her six years ago.

The woman’s family became concerned about her health when they noticed blood in the seat of her wheelchair. After being checked out at a local hospital it was determined that she had an STD.

The woman’s family thinks she was indeed sexually assaulted at the nursing home and say she now shakes when people touch her and sometimes cries. The family has moved her to a different nursing home.

The Long Term Care Ombudsman of the Cleveland area is also investigating the possible sexual abuse.

source: http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/203763/45/Investigator-Was-brain-damaged-woman-raped-at-nursing-home

Ohio Nursing Homes Complain about Nursing Home Abuse Crackdown

August 7, 2012

Ohio nursing homes are reportedly complaining that a letter sent by the state attorney general on nursing home abuse reporting requirements could be potentially misleading. The letter is part of Ohio’s efforts to crackdown on prescription drug theft in nursing homes.

Ohio nursing facilities are saying that theft of prescription drugs does not automatically constitute nursing home abuse. The attorney general’s office maintains that the letter serves to remind and enforce that nursing homes need to be reporting all drug thefts. Once reported, an investigation into whether the theft of medicine actually harmed nursing homes residents can take place.

The new efforts by Ohio to take nursing home abuse more seriously are definitely a step in the right direction. Too often nursing homes sacrifice quality care to squeeze as much money out of their businesses as possible.

Unfortunately, nursing homes have proven time and time again that they cannot be counted on to provide quality care without oversight. Government actions as well as those of nursing home abuse lawyers play a crucial role in exposing abuse and holding nursing homes accountable.

source: http://www.wtrf.com/story/19216396/ohio-nursing-homes-skeptical-of-drug-crackdown

Ohio Nursing Home Worker Accused of Nursing Home Abuse

January 19, 2012

A former employee at Independence House nursing home in Fostoria, Ohio has been charged with one count of patient abuse for allegedly continually abusing a 94-year-old female resident.

The woman is accused of pulling the elderly resident’s hair and pinching her nose to the point where it left marks.

The nursing home abuse was reported to police by a nursing home supervisor and eyewitness employees.

In addition to the police investigation, the nursing home also conducted their own internal investigation.

The Fostoria Police Chief says the nursing home has been cooperative and have handled the situation in the correct way.

The charge of patient abuse is a fourth degree felony. The accused woman has a preliminary hearing on January 26th.

After the abuse has been reported to police and the victim is no longer in danger, the victim or family of the victim are advised to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to pursue legal action against the abuser or nursing home.

source: http://www.wtol.com/story/16538762/nursing-home-employee-faces-charges-after-abusing-patient

Ohio Nursing Home Placed on Federal Watch List for Nursing Home Abuse

April 15, 2013

A Cincinnati, Ohio nursing home is now on the federal watch list after investigations revealed nursing home abuse against a dementia resident last week.

According to reports, the East Galbraith Health Care Center in Deer Park underwent an inspection last week that revealed an elderly lady with dementia has allegedly been sexually abused last year by another male patient at the facility. The male reportedly figured out the access code to the female resident’s area, and used it in order to gain entry. He is no longer at the nursing home, but the sexual abuse, coupled with other problems was enough to place Galbraith on the watch list.

On another incident last October, inspectors learned that Galbraith didn’t have the required registered nurses on duty at all times. As a result, one resident wasn’t given her medication as scheduled.

The administrator of Galbraith, Abel Quintero, feels that the nursing home has vastly improved since last year, and doesn’t deserve to be placed on the watch list.

“I know this is a label placed on East Galbraith right now, but I do not believe that is who we are right now. A lot of good things happen here every day,” said Quintero.

Once a nursing home is placed on the federal watch list, it gets special attention and focus in order to help solve problems. Each nursing home on the list will undergo increased scrutiny and inspections and work towards a plan to better the living quality for the residents.

Meanwhile, the victims have the right under Ohio law to retain a nursing home abuse lawyer and file for civil damages.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ohio-nursing-home-on-federal-watch-list-4434931.php

Ohio Nursing Home Faces 2nd Citation and Possible License Loss

December 4, 2012

After a 2nd citation for nursing home abuse and neglect, a Toledo, Ohio, nursing home is facing the possibility of losing its license which will prevent the nursing home from operating.

According to the Department of Health, the staff members at Liberty Nursing Center of Toledo failed to report an incident in which two residents were engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior. One of the residents suffers from dementia. In an earlier incident this year, a schizophrenic male resident attempted to sexually abuse a female resident. Although he was removed from the facilities and taken to a nearby hospital, the staff again didn’t inform the proper authorities of the abuse. Additionally, the staff was ordered to only clean up the victim without seeking additional medical treatment.

As a result, the Ohio Department of Health made a proposal last month on November 23 to revoke the nursing home’s license after repeated violations. The nursing home has 30 days to contest the revocation. If the nursing home chooses not to appeal, it will be shut down immediately. However, civil matters may take longer if the loved ones of the victims opt to retain a nursing home abuse attorney and file a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/12/04/State-proposes-revoking-license-at-area-nursing-home.html

Ohio Nursing Home Closes After Fire and Nursing Home Abuse

March 26, 2012

Park Haven Home in Ashtabula, Ohio has closed after a methamphetamine lab fire started in a resident’s room and an investigation found other nursing home abuse issues.

The meth lab fire killed one man who was not a resident nor did he work at the nursing home. Two other men were burned in the fire and police say they expect to charge the men for their involvement in the meth lab and subsequent fire.

An investigation at the nursing home uncovered that it was in violation of federal regulations.

The facility has since closed and the former residents have all been moved to other nursing homes.

In total, one man died and six other people were injured in the fire.

Often times it is nursing homes that do not follow federal and state regulations that are the site of severe abuse and neglect, as is evident in this bizarre and tragic case. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you and your family discuss your legal options if abuse or neglect in a nursing home becomes an issue.

source: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/24/4363294/ohio-nursing-home-shuts-doors.html

Ohio Nursing Home Appeals Nursing Home Abuse Censure

November 26, 2012

After being warned several months ago, a Toledo, Ohio, nursing home is facing the risk of losing its license after investigations revealed signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. However, the nursing home has made an appeal in an attempt to keep operating.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, Liberty Nursing Center of Toledo (LNCT) was warned in August that it would have to close its doors and lose its license after alleged accusations that staff members failed to respond to a sexual abuse claim.

The incident, which took place in July, started when a male resident who suffered from schizophrenia and other mental disorders was found lying on top of another female resident with his pants taken off. The nurses on duty took the man to his doctor, but failed to notify the proper authorities of the incident. Earlier this year, in March, a nursing aide repeatedly punched a resident in the face with a closed fist. Yet, the nursing home didn’t take the proper steps to protect the victim.

A hearing has been scheduled next month to determine if LNCT will remain open. However, this might only be the start of the nursing home’s problems. Loved ones of the victims can also exercise their rights to receive damages should they retain the services of a nursing home abuse lawyer.

Source: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/11/25/Toledo-nursing-home-appeals-state-censure.html

Ohio Nursing Home Abuse on the Rise, According to Reports

July 01, 2013

Complaints and reports of nursing home abuse in Ohio have nearly doubled, according to cases filed with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU).

Per reports, MFCU had a total of 73 opened cases during this time last year. However, those numbers have almost doubled, with a total of 131 open nursing home abuse cases already in 2013.

According to Mike Dewine of Ohio’s MFCU, half the complaints were reported in June after he announced that his office plans to do in-depth investigations of any and all nursing homes that are, or might be, abusing and/or neglecting their residents.

Earlier this year, a Zanesville nursing home was cited for nursing home abuse after a hidden camera revealed extremely disturbing incidents of abuse and neglect. As a result, Dewine held a conference at the nursing home this past Friday, where he warned those in attendance that an aggressive investigation of Ohio nursing homes was due to take place.

The use of hidden cameras in the Zanesville nursing home marks the first time this type of evidence has been used for nursing home abuse investigation in Ohio. Consequently, the state of Ohio began the proceedings to revoke the facility’s license shortly after.

If you or a loved one have been victim to nursing home abuse, it’s imperative to have an experienced nursing home abuse attorney by your side. At McIver Brown law firm, our dedicated team of nursing home abuse attorneys have the experience and knowledge to help you get the justice you deserve. Give us a call today for a free consultation.

Source:
http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2013/06/30/Abuse-reports-increasein-Ohio-nursing-homes.html

Ohio Nursing Assistant Sentenced 10 Years for Nursing Home Abuse

January 13, 2012

A former nursing assistant at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio was sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing an elderly resident. The nursing home abuse was caught on video after the resident’s son placed a hidden camera in his mother’s room.

The hidden camera played a significant role in prosecuting the former nursing assistant.. Among the images captured on video was the nursing assistant pulling the elderly Alzheimer’s patient from her wheelchair and throwing her onto her bed.

Another former nursing assistant could get 6 months in jail for her role in the abuse of the same patient. The woman recently pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.

In total, four employees of MetroHealth Medical Center were fired for their involvement in the abuse.

Family members need to be vigilant in watching for signs of abuse or neglect if their loved one is in a nursing home. A hidden camera can play an important role in documenting abuse and, along with the help of a nursing home abuse lawyer prosecuting those involved.

source: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2012/01/09/nursing-home-worker-gets-10-years-for-abuse-caught-on-tape/

Ohio Employee Charged with Nursing Home Abuse

May 16, 2013

A Dayton, Ohio woman was indicted this week by a Montgomery County grand jury for charges of nursing home abuse.

According to reports, 70-year-old Norma Black was an activity assistant at Arbors at Dayton Subacute, when in March of 2012, she was accused of hitting a male resident. After the allegation, the case was turned over to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Per Wes Ramsey, an administrator at the nursing home, all complaints and allegations at Arbors at Dayton are looked into:

“If an allegation of misconduct is made, we conduct a thorough internal investigation. This individual’s employment was suspended during our investigation and her employment was terminated. All appropriate licensing agencies were notified as well,” Ramsey said in a statement this week.

Ramsey was employed at the nursing from 2007 until March of 2012. There has been no indication yet as to whether she’s been liable for any other cases of nursing home abuse.

On Wednesday, Black was indicted on a fourth-degree felony charge of patient abuse. She is expected to return to court on May 28. If convicted, she may face fines as well as prison time.

Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been victim to nursing home abuse, an experienced lawyer may be able to help you seek damages for trauma, medical bills, emotional stress, and more. Our leading Texas nursing abuse attorneys at McIver Brown law firm will be happy to assist you. Give us a call today for a free consultation.

Source: http://www.whiotv.com/news/news/crime-law/nursing-home-employee-charged-with-abuse/nXr54/

Ohio Cracks Down on Theft Related Nursing Home Abuse

July 12, 2012

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has sent out a letter to nursing homes and other care facilities throughout the state reminding them that by law they must report suspected illegal activity, including medication theft in nursing homes.

The Ohio state government also provides assistance in prosecuting those suspected of stealing patient medications.

Over the last several years there have been a number of Ohio nurses convicted of stealing patient medications, either to feed their own addiction, or sell the drugs to others. And each time this form of nursing home abuse happens it means a patient is being deprived of the medications they need.

Recent cases include nurses stealing Percocet and Oxycodone pills, and a nurse stealing prescription pain patches.

In addition to targeting abuse in nursing homes and other care facilities, this recent crack down aims to also reduce the number of people illegally using prescription drugs, which has led to high numbers of overdose related deaths.

Nursing home abuse lawyers can help if you or a loved one was a victim of abuse in a nursing home. These specialized attorneys are experts in combating nursing home abuse and neglect.

source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ohio-unveils-nursing-home-anti-drug-abuse-effort-3694845.php

Ohio Cracks Down on Theft Related Nursing Home Abuse

July 12, 2012

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has sent out a letter to nursing homes and other care facilities throughout the state reminding them that by law they must report suspected illegal activity, including medication theft in nursing homes.

The Ohio state government also provides assistance in prosecuting those suspected of stealing patient medications.

Over the last several years there have been a number of Ohio nurses convicted of stealing patient medications, either to feed their own addiction, or sell the drugs to others. And each time this form of nursing home abuse happens it means a patient is being deprived of the medications they need.

Recent cases include nurses stealing Percocet and Oxycodone pills, and a nurse stealing prescription pain patches.

In addition to targeting abuse in nursing homes and other care facilities, this recent crack down aims to also reduce the number of people illegally using prescription drugs, which has led to high numbers of overdose related deaths.

Nursing home abuse lawyers can help if you or a loved one was a victim of abuse in a nursing home. These specialized attorneys are experts in combating nursing home abuse and neglect.

source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ohio-unveils-nursing-home-anti-drug-abuse-effort-3694845.php

Nursing Assistants to be Arraigned in Ohio Nursing Home Abuse Case

August 7, 2011

Two former nursing assistants at MetroHealth Medical Center of Cleveland, Ohio are facing assault charges for physically abusing a nursing home resident, and are scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

One nursing assistant faces 13 counts of patient abuse while the other assistant faces one count of patient abuse. Each count has a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison. If found guilty the women would also be banned from working in a nursing home.

The nursing assistants were caught abusing an elderly resident on a hidden camera the resident’s family placed in her room. The video shows the women using brutality while transferring the resident out of her bed and also spraying her directly in the face with a body spray.

Family members of nursing home residents need to be vigilant in recognizing any signs of nursing home abuse, reporting their concerns to authorities immediately, and also contacting a nursing home abuse lawyer to go over their legal rights.

source: http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/08/nursing_assistants_to_be_arrai.html

License Revoked for Nursing Home Abuse in Ohio

June 11, 2013

A Zanesville,Ohio nursing home is now closed after officials found several instances of nursing home abuse and neglect.

According to reports, The Autumn Healthcare of Zanesville nursing home has been under scrutiny after investigators have uncovered a long history of poor care. Families of the victims filed several complaints with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), which led to the Ohio Healthcare Fraud Section installing hidden cameras in rooms in the nursing home. The results of the footage, along with the investigation results, were so severe that the nursing home’s doors have been close permanently.

In one instance, several staff members reportedly created fake documentations in an attempt to make it appear as if the residents were being given proper medication. Additionally, the nursing home has been a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) “special focus facility” (SFF) for over three years. An SFF is a facility that has a history of nursing home abuse and neglect, resulting in being placed on a national nursing home watch list which requires extra investigations.

The facility will be shut down within 60 days. Meanwhile, families of the current residents are scrambling to find new living arrangements for their loved ones. According to Barbara Mccormick, whose mother is currently living at Autumn Healthcare, the process has been difficult”

“[We’re] angry, frustrated, hurt because we thought putting our mom in a nursing home, we thought she would be taken care of. That ain’t how it has turned out,” Mccormick said.

Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been victim to nursing home abuse, an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer can assist you. Our experienced team of Texas nursing home abuse attorneys at McIver Brown law firm have helped numerous victims, and will be glad to provide you with a free consultation.

Source: http://www.nbc4i.com/story/22522602/zanesville-nursing-home-accused-of-patient-neglect-license-revoked

Hidden Camera Shows Nursing Home Abuse in Ohio

July 2, 2011

Two nurse’s aids have been fired and one already charged after a hidden camera revealed the nursing home abuse of an elderly woman at Prentiss Center for Skilled Nursing Care in Cleveland, Ohio. The video shows the woman being hit in the face, violently moved around, and having her face shoved into a wall.

The camera was placed by the son of an elderly Alzheimer’s resident after he noticed signs that his mother was being abused. The man says the nursing home’s administration did nothing to stop the abuse and even told him he was “taking things to far”.

The man decided to put a camera in his mother’s room and even displayed a sign saying that a camera had been installed. The camera was recording for two months until the man decided he had enough evidence to prove his mother was being abused and this was not an isolated incident.

The state Department of Health verified that nursing home abuse did occur at the facility and cited the nursing home for “failing to prevent abuse and mistreatment from occurring.”

The nursing home said they have hired an independent firm to investigate the abuse and review the nursing home’s policies in an effort to ensure abuse does not happen again.

As shocking as reports like this are, abuse in nursing homes is not uncommon. If you or a loved one have been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect we urge you to contact the authorities right away. You should also talk to a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer to see what legal options you can pursue.

source: http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/article/20110628/NEWS01/110628001/Hidden-camera-catches-nursing-home-abuse?odyssey=mod|mostcom

Former Ohio Staff Member Convicted of Nursing Home Abuse

April 19, 2013

A Lucas County Common Pleas Court jury in Ohio returned a guilty verdict last week in regards to a former worker accused of nursing home abuse last year.

According to reports, 31-year-old Tacarra Bryson was working at the Liberty West Nursing Home in February 2012 when the abuse occurred. Per court documents, Bryson threw an elderly patient down to the floor and proceeded to punch her in the face and head.

After the abuse was reported, Bryson was terminated from her position at the nursing home. She will face sentencing on May 15. She faces a maximum 18 months in prison.

Along with criminal charges, Bryson may also face civil charges. The victim’s family has the option of retaining a nursing home abuse attorney and filing civil charges for damages.

Another Ohio nursing home was placed on the federal nursing home watch list this week after inspections revealed several state and federal violations. Deer Park’s East Galbraith Health Center had several violations, including negligent staff behavior and unsanitary conditions.

However, the worst infraction was the alleged nursing home sexual abuse of the one of the female residents last year by another male resident. In addition, a registered nurse is required by federal law to be on the premises at all time, yet there were several occasions when a nurse was not present. Medication was also dispensed late and on some instances, patients didn’t receive their daily medication at all.

East Galbraith must rectify all violations before being taken off the federal watch list. Since 2008, several Ohio nursing homes have been able to successfully accomplish this in order to be taken off the list.

Sources:

http://www.northwestohio.com/news/story.aspx?id=884618#.UXGH2qKcfpU http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/04/15/ohio-nursing-home-on-federal-watch-list/

Former Ohio Nursing Home Aide Pleads Guilty to Nursing Home Abuse

December 2, 2011

A former aide at MetroHealth Medical Center nursing home has pleaded guilty to seven counts of patient abuse or neglect after a hidden camera showed her abusing an elderly resident at the nursing home.

The hidden camera was placed by the son of the abused female resident after he grew increasingly worried that his mother was being mistreated at the facility. The camera showed the former aide pushing the woman’s face and throwing her into a wheelchair. Video also shows other instances of aids mocking and abusing the resident.

Another aide was caught spraying the woman in the face with something and will soon face trial for patient abuse.

An attorney for the family says the former aids were probably abusive to other patients as well–the difference being that abuse was not caught on camera.

MetroHealth has responded by saying they do not tolerate any patient abuse and all employees involved in the nursing home abuse have been fired.

A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you and your family get justice if a member of your family is abused or neglected in a nursing home.

source: http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/11/former_aide_at_metrohealth_nur.html

Hidden Camera Use on the Rise in Fight Against Nursing Home Abuse

September 27, 2011

A recent article in the Seattle Times highlighted the importance hidden cameras are playing throughout the country in the fight against nursing home abuse.

According to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse cameras in nursing homes are being used more now than ever before. Examples of these cameras, sometimes called “granny cams”, thwarting nursing home abuse include 22 New York nursing home workers being arrested last year after hidden cameras revealed abuse; and last spring in Ohio, a hidden camera in a desk fan caught two workers physically abusing an elderly female nursing home resident.

While opinions on the effectiveness and appropriateness of these “granny cams” differ, the general consensus is that cameras have proven to be another important tool in the ongoing battle against nursing home abuse.

Also important in ending abuse in nursing homes is the role of a nursing home abuse lawyer who can help you and your family get the justice you deserve if nursing home abuse occurs.

source: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2016266696_webeldercamabuse21.html

Meth Lab Fire Spurs Nursing Home Abuse Investigation

March 15, 2012

A methamphetamine lab fire at Park Haven Home nursing home in Ohio resulted in one person dying and an investigation into nursing home abuse issues at the facility.

The fire occurred in a resident’s room as three men attempted set up a meth lab. One person was killed in the fire, two people were treated at the scene, and four had to be hospitalized.

Police think that one resident at the nursing home knew about the meth lab. Two men who were burned in the fire are expected to be charged for the fire.

An investigation into the fire also revealed that the nursing home did not have a written emergency evacuation plan and in total the nursing home was cited for seven violations. The facility could lose it’s license to operate and could be closed.

The nursing home currently only has one star out of five on a federal rating system.

We advise anyone concerned that their loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss your legal options.

source: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/13/4334442/ohio-facility-may-lose-license.html

Nurse Claims She was Let Go for Blowing Whistle on Nursing Home Abuse

March 29, 2013

A Cleveland, Ohio nurse made a claim earlier this month that she was fired from her job after reporting nursing home abuse.

According to Channel 3 News in Cleveland and investigative reports, Annie O’Malley was a nurse at the MetroHealth Prentiss Center nursing home when she witnessed abuse against one of the residents. The incident happened in September of last year and involved a 90-year-old woman who was allegedly left alone in her room where she would cry and scream for help. The elderly lady was unable to take herself to use the restroom.

O’Malley then stated that when aides ignored her cries for help, the resident would attempt to get out bed and try to lift herself into a wheelchair in hopes of making it to the bathroom:

“The bed was in the high position. 4 rails up. This woman crawled out of bed, which she could have killed herself, getting out of bed,” O’Malley told Channel 3 News.

After O’Malley reported the abuse, the staff at the nursing home went through re-training. One of the aides was disciplined, but O’Malley was fired. O’Malley alleges she was fired because she reported the abuse, stating that the nursing home didn’t want anymore bad news or publicity about the facility. MetroHealth was under prior investigation in 2011 when another instance of abuse against a 78-year-old resident report was filed.

After the incident, O’Malley contacted the niece of the victim, Vanessa Jones. Jones said that no one from the nursing home contacted her once about the abuse, and she would have never known had O’Malley not reached out to her. She immediately removed her aunt from the nursing home.

When a local news station attempted to call the manager of the nursing home, Tina Szatala, she refused to talk about the allegations and hung up the phone.

Meanwhile, O’Malley has retained the services of a nursing home abuse lawyer and plans to sue MetroHealth under the Ohio Whistleblower Law. The Ohio Whistleblower Law protects employees from disciplinary actions and from losing their jobs for reporting abuse.

Source: http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/287284/45/Investigator-Nurse-says-she-was-fired-for-reporting-alleged-abuse

Nursing Home Tries to Kick Out Resident After Nursing Home Abuse Was Caught on Camera

July 28, 2011

After the nursing home abuse of an elderly resident at Prentiss Center nursing home at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio was caught on hidden camera, the nursing home disciplined all those involved but now wants to move the resident to another facility.

The family of the resident say that now that the abusers are gone there is no reason to move her, and doing so could even be detrimental to her well-being, given her fragile health condition.

The nursing home says they want to move her to ensure her safety and welfare. But the family of the resident think they just want her gone for exposing the nursing home abuse.

The nursing home where the woman would be moved has been sued eight times in the past ten years for abuse or neglect.

The family of the resident is trying to get a temporary restraining order to prevent the move.

We encourage all families of nursing home residents to be proactive in dealing with possible nursing home abuse or neglect. Placing a hidden camera in your loved one’s room is a great way of exposing suspected abuse. You should also contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to help you with your legal rights.

source: http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/199309/7/Investigator-Court-fight-over-moving-elderly-abuse-victim

Update on Case of Nursing Home Trying to Kick Out Nursing Home Abuse Victim

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.

source: http://www.wkyc.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=199851

  • Contact A Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Now

    Award-Winning National Nursing Home Abuse Law Firm

    Free Consultation

    Complete the form below, and your case will be reviewed within 24 hours

  • se habla español
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Become A Fan on Facebook Google+