Nursing Home Abuse in Oklahoma
Oklahoma May Pass Nursing Home Abuse Law to Allow Hidden Cameras
March 15, 2013
Hidden cameras installed in the rooms of nursing home patients have been popular in Texas for many years. Now, Oklahoma is looking to pass the same law in an attempt to prevent nursing home abuse.
According to reports, since 2002, the state of Texas passed the Authorized Electronic Monitoring law which allows family members to install hidden cameras inside their loved ones rooms in order to catch nursing home abuse, neglect, theft, and more. Lorry Parker, executive director of Oklahoma’s Cottage at Quail Creek, believes that every nursing home resident should have the same right and is hoping the law is also passed in Oklahoma:
“Every resident, or resident family member, has the right to have electronic monitoring in their room if they desire to do so. Sort of like a nanny cam, so that their loved one at home can see what’s going on in the room when they’re not here,” said Parker.
However, Parker went on to say that most family members never ask about hidden cameras while signing up new residents. Parker stated most people indubitably believe that abuse won’t occur or else they wouldn’t choose that particular nursing home. However, stats have shown that nursing home abuse and neglect, aside from understaffed facilities, has no apparent pattern.
The law recently passed through Senate and will next go to the House. Meanwhile, anyone in Oklahoma whose already been a victim of nursing home abuse has the right to retain a nursing home abuse lawyer and file for civil charges.
Oklahoma Man Arrested for Nursing Home Abuse
May 14, 2013
A Tulsa, Oklahoma nursing home worker was arrested last week at a bank while trying to cash a check from a resident’s account. Financial exploitation of any kind against the elderly is a form of nursing home abuse in Oklahoma.
According to reports, James Alexandre, 35, went to Tulsa’s F&M Bank on Monday afternoon and attempted to cash a $5,000 check. However, a bank employee called Alexandre’s place of employment, the Broken Arrow Nursing Home, to verify permission. Administration at the nursing home stated that Alejandre didn’t have authority to cash the check. The check he was attempting to cash belonged to one of the residents at the nursing home.
Alexandre, a certified nursing assistant, admitted to police that he had already cashed a $6,000 check previously, and he was trying again, hoping to be successful. He also admitted that he was not allowed to take any funds from the nursing home for donations or anything else. There has been no indication as to whether he still has his job at Broken Arrow.
Keep in mind that nursing home abuse is not always physical abuse. It can be medical neglect, personal neglect, threats, intimidation, and financial exploitation of any kind. If you or a loved one have been victim to nursing home, an experienced nursing home abuse attorney may be able to assist you. Nursing home abuse lawyers have the knowledge to help you have a successful chance in winning your case. Call today for a free consultation.
Oklahoma Family Frustrated at Slow Progress in Nursing Home Abuse Case
March 8, 2013
As the family of 96-year-old nursing home abuse victim Eryetha Mayberry continue to push for justice, they are growing increasingly frustrated at the slow progress of the investigation.
According to reports, the victim’s family reported the abuse back in April of last year after a hidden video revealed nursing home aides physically abusing Mayberry while she was a resident at the Quail Creek Nursing Home and Retirement Center in Oklahoma City.
Sandra Cisper, one of Mayberry’s daughters, expressed her frustration this week as she told a local station, News 9, that the investigation is taking longer than it should:
“Start following up on these cases of abuse that are being reported and no one is doing anything about it,” Cisper said.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Department of Health (OSDH) responded to the statement, indicating that the state has a no tolerance policy on elderly neglect and abuse. However, from 2009 to 2013, several Oklahoma nursing homes have been cited at least 20 times for failing to protect victims from nursing home abuse.
In addition, from 2011 through 2012, OSDH received thousands of complaints, resulting in over 7,600 citations against nursing homes in Oklahoma. Along with citations, the facilities, along with any guilty party, may face civil charges should the family retain a nursing home abuse lawyer and file for damages.
Oklahoma Caretaker Charged with Nursing Home Abuse
July 2, 2012
A certified nurse aide at Ranchwood Nursing Center in Yukon, Oklahoma has been charged with abusing an elderly resident. The worker allegedly tied an elderly female resident to her wheelchair using a bed sheet.
It is illegal use restraints on a resident for a worker’s convenience. A doctor’s written order must be obtained in order to legally use physical restraints.
The CNA faces up to a $10,000 fine or 10 years in jail.
Anyone with information on nursing home abuse in Oklahoma is encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s Office which can be reached at (405) 521-4274.
There are many forms of abuse and neglect in a nursing home, from illegal physical restraint to neglect to sexual abuse–and all should be taken seriously.
We recommend that any of our visitors who know of or suspect abuse in a nursing home get in touch with a qualified nursing home abuse attorney to discuss your potential case.
Investigation Shows Nursing Home Abuse in Oklahoma
November 18, 2011
Two former nurses at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Tulsa, Oklahoma have accused the nursing home of being an environment filed with nursing home abuse and neglect.
The nurses say Rest Haven residents were routinely verbally and physically abused. Furthermore, they say the facility was filthy, filled with roaches and rats, and even maggots on residents.
The former employees say they were fired after they reported the abuse to the state.
An undercover news producer corroborated some of the allegations saying the facility was dirty and smelled bad. The news team also found further documented complaints of physical abuse and neglect.
The owner of Rest Haven denies the allegations of abuse and neglect and says the former nurses at the facility had an axe to grind.
Rest Haven has recently closed with the owner saying the nursing home was no longer profitable. The closure was not due to action taken be the state.
A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you and your family if nursing home abuse becomes an issue in your lives.
Hidden Camera Shows Nursing Home Abuse at Oklahoma Nursing Home
April 20, 2012
A hidden camera placed by the family of a 96-year old nursing home resident captured video of the woman being repeatedly physically abused by two nursing home workers at Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Both workers were fired from the nursing home and arrested for neglect by caretaker.
The family of the victim placed the hidden camera after suspecting the elderly resident, who has dementia, was being stolen from by employees at the nursing home. The video, however, revealed some startling episodes of physical nursing home abuse.
One incident involved one of the two workers shoving latex gloves into the victim’s mouth while the other employee looked on. Other video shows one of the workers shoving the elderly woman’s face and forcing her to lay down.
The nursing home administrator says they are fully cooperating with the police and the situation is “most unfortunate.”
Using a hidden camera is a great way to combat nursing home abuse if you believe a loved one is being abused. You should also get in touch with a nursing home abuse lawyer to explore your legal options.
Former Nursing Aide Guilty of Nursing Home Abuse in Oklahoma
August 21, 2012
A former employee of a local nursing home in Oklahoma has plead guilty to nursing home abuse this week after admitting to the abuse and neglect of an elderly resident.
Lucy Gakunga, a former nursing aide at the Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, was arrested earlier this after a video was released that depicted her abusing a resident of the nursing home. Gakunga, along with another nursing aide, Caroline Kaseke, were seen neglecting, abusing, and mistreating 96-year-old resident, Eryetha Mayberry. The camera was hidden by Mayberry’s family after they suspected abuse. Gajunka was caught slapping the victim and shoving gloves into her mouth. Although Kaseke didn’t participate, she was caught on film watching the incident without rendering aid or help to the victim.
Along with criminal charges, Gajunka may also face a civil lawsuit should the family retain the services of a nursing home abuse lawyer and file against her for damages.
While in court, Gakunga plead to abuse and neglect by a caretaker. She was sentenced to 85% of a seven year sentence. She is also liable for a $1,000 fine appointed by the judge. The other former nursing aide is being charged with abuse as well, and is set to appear in court.
Family of Oklahoma Nursing Home Abuse Victim Claim Records are Being Withheld
March 5, 2013
The family of a nursing home resident who was seen on camera in a severe case of nursing home abuse is frustrated. The family claims that both the state agency as well as the nursing home are refusing to hand over pertinent documentation in regards to the victim’s case.
The incident started in November of last year when family members witnessed two nursing home employees abusing their elderly mother via a hidden video camera placed in 96-year-old Eryetha Mayberry’s room at the Quail Creek Nursing Home and Rehab Center in Oklahoma City. Subsequently, the employees were arrested and charged with nursing home abuse.
Since then, Mayberry has passed away. However, the family, seeking closure, have been requesting access to their mother’s case. Yet, according to the family, their requests have been met with invalid excuses. Doris Racker, one of Mayberry’s daughters, said that they’ve tried several times, but have yet to receive a response.
“I’ve been told that it had to be sent to the corporate office, that was the first excuse. The second excuse was the paperwork wasn’t adequate, which it was. Everything was there,” Racker recently said.
A local Oklahoma news station also called the nursing but was directed to a corporate office in Georgia. None of the phone calls have been returned. The silence and excuses may possibly stem from the fact that the family has the right to obtain a nursing home abuse attorney and file for civil damages. However, because of the privacy laws in Oklahoma, it’s speculation at this point.
60-Year-Old Oklahoma City Care Worker Guilty of Nursing Home Abuse
August 9, 2014
A nursing home worker who abused one of her patients has received a ten year suspended sentence after video footage confirmed her guilt.
60-year-old Elizabeth Kibler, who was an employee of the Grace Living Center in Oklahoma City verbally abused Anita Rich, covering her in bruises and on one occasion pouring water down her feeding tube. She also left the woman with bruises around her mouth after grabbing her.
Her son, Christopher, placed a secret video camera in his mother’s room, catching the abuse on tape. Kibler was sentenced to serve at least four years in prison and showed no remorse for what she had done instead claiming that she was glad she was caught.
There is no excuse for nursing home abuse or neglect and care workers who are employed by nursing home facilities should go through rigorous checks and training to ensure that they are adequately able to look after elderly residents. Sadly, however, this is not always the case and family members are left outraged when it emerges that their loved ones have been abused.
If you have a relative or friend in a nursing home and suspect that something may be amiss then read more here to learn how to spot the signs of abuse. By being aware of any changes you can report abuse or neglect to the proper authorities and stop it from continuing.
Cameras in Nursing Homes to Stop Nursing Home Abuse
May 7, 2012
After two nursing aides were recently caught on a hidden camera abusing an elderly nursing home resident, the debate over the usefulness of cameras in nursing home patient rooms has fired up again.
The nursing home abuse incident involved two aides at Quail Creek Nursing Home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma being caught on camera shoving latex gloves into a dementia patient’s mouth and repeatedly pushing on her chest.
“If it had not been for a camera in the room it is highly likely that this person would have been assaulted again. And due to the severity of this assault, the next one could have been greater and taken her life,” said Wes Bledsoe, a nursing home resident activist.
Bledsoe sees episodes such as the one at Quail Creek as proof positive that cameras should be in every nursing home resident’s room.
Still other maintain that a camera in a resident’s room is a violation of privacy.
There are currently no laws on cameras in nursing home rooms, so it is up to individual nursing homes to decide their own policy on the matter.
Capturing nursing home abuse or neglect on camera is no doubt a great tool in the fight against nursing home abuse. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you and your family get justice if you capture abuse in a nursing home on camera.
Former Nursing Home Worker Sentenced To Prison
November 29, 2012
A former nursing home worker in Oklahoma City pled guilty on November 21st to abusing a resident with dementia and was sentenced to two years in prison, while a co-defendant remains at-large.
Lucy Waithira Gakunga, 24, admitted to abusing Eryetha Mayberry, a 96-year-old resident at Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, back in April of 2012.
Mayberry’s family installed a hidden camera in her room at the care facility because of initial concerns that someone was stealing from her for over a year. The recorded incident of abuse occurred one month after the camera began recording activities in the nursing home.
The video footage reveals Gakunga shoving latex gloves into Mayberry’s mouth and forcefully holding them there despite the patient trying to push the worker’s hands away. Gakunga is also seen lifting Mayberry into bed then pushing the side of her face down in an attempt to get her to lie down. Police said the worker also compressed the resident’s torso. A supervisor of the elder care facility told police there is no medical reason to push on the victim’s chest.
Caroline Kaseke, 28, co-defendant in the case, is accused of having watched and done nothing to stop Gakunga abuse Mayberry, according to police.
Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center fired the two workers after the nursing home abuse was caught on camera.
The nursing home administrator said the acts of the two employees are not representative of the facility’s approximate 116 employees.
“As stewards of our residents’ well-being, we share in the community’s outrage over these inhumane acts,” Amanda Penrod said in a statement. “We hold ourselves to the highest of standards and have zero tolerance for such behavior of conduct, which is why we immediately contacted the police.”
Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was bought out by an Atlanta-based company, AdCare Health Systems, in August. Wendy Brooke, vice president of sales and marketing for AdCare, declined to comment on the case, except for stating, “We ensure we have the proper state and federal abuse policies in place.”
Mayberry, who lived at the facility for five years, died on July 27th of this year due to Alzheimer’s disease and congestive heart failure, according to a spokesman for the family.
The defendant, Gakunga, will be deported to her home country of Nigeria upon being released after her two year sentence from prison, according to Oklahoma County District Judge Glenn M. Jones.
Erlene Adkisson, one of Mayberry’s three daughters, doesn’t feel as if the punishment is enough.
Often times the very nurses we trust to take care of our loved ones in nursing homes are the ones who betray our trust and abuse or neglect vulnerable nursing home residents. We urge you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer if you think your loved one was abused or neglected in a nursing home.