Nursing Home Abuse in Tennessee
Tennessee Woman Indicted on Nursing Home Abuse Charges
March 12, 2013
A Madison, Tennessee woman was indicted last week in a Madison County courthouse for nursing home abuse against a former resident at the assisted living facility she used to work at.
According to a news release, Candace Singleton, 41, was working at the Elmwood Assisted Living Facility off of Old Humboldt Road, in the Elmcroft Heartland Village community, in Jackson last year. On August 6, 2012, the nursing home reported Singleton to the Jackson police after allegations of abuse from a resident.
Although specific details of the abuse have not yet been released, police found enough evidence to arrest Singleton and charge her with abuse of an adult, attempted aggravated assault, and simple assault. She was arrested at her place of residence a little over a week after the nursing home abuse was reported. She was bailed out on a $5,000 bond.
On March 4, Singleton was formally indicted on all charges. She is now awaiting formal arraignment which is scheduled for next week at the Jackson County Courthouse.
Shortly after the incident, Singleton was fired from her position at Elmwood. However, even though Singleton was terminated, the resident who suffered from the alleged nursing homes abuse was also removed from the facility by loved ones. As of today, no update has been given on the victim’s current condition.
Although criminal charges have been filed, the victim’s loved ones have the legal right in Tennessee to retain the services of a Tennessee nursing home abuse lawyer.
Tennessee Tort Reform Bill Would Put Cap on Nursing Home Abuse Cases
March 23, 2011
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is calling for tort reform legislation that would put a $750,000 cap on legal fees for victims of severe pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish. The bill would also have a $500,000 punitive damages cap.
Governor Haslam says this legislation will help bring in business as it cuts down on frivolous lawsuits and excessive jury awards. But opponents such as former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson insist that a jury should decide how much money is awarded to victims. Thompson called the bill unnecessary and extremely far-reaching.
Family members of victims of medical negligence also spoke out against the proposal.
An official vote on the bill will take place next week.
Opponents of this tort reform bill know that it should be up to a jury to decide how much money a victim of nursing home abuse or similar victims should receive–not the government. A nursing home abuse lawyer plays a vital role in ensuring these victims receive the compensation and justice that is owed to them.
Tennessee Nursing Home Workers Fired Amid Nursing Home Abuse Investigation
February 15, 2012
An investigation is underway at Appalachian Christian Village in Johnson City, Tennessee where nursing home workers allegedly abused a dementia patient repeatedly.
A total of five nursing assistants were fired, three for allegedly spraying a dementia patient with water for their own amusement, and two other assistants were fired for giving misleading information on the nursing home abuse.
The Tennessee Department of Health said the nursing home did not stop and immediately report the allegations that a dementia patient was abused. An attorney for the nursing home said the allegations of abuse were investigated five days after the abuse happened, and the abuse was reported to the police.
The Tennessee Department of Health is not allowing new admissions to Appalachian Christian Village at this time.
We urge you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer if you suspect or know of nursing home abuse or neglect. An attorney can help get financial compensation for the victim and their family as well as send a message that nursing home abuse will not be tolerated.
Tennessee Nursing Home Worker Pleads Guilty to Nursing Home Abuse
September 22, 2011
A former worker at John M. Reed Nursing Home in Limestone, Tennessee has pleaded guilty to four counts of willful abuse or neglect of an adult. Although prosecutors accused the woman of physical nursing home abuse, the former nursing home worker admitted guilt only to mental abuse.
The woman will be sentenced October 25 and faces a 15 month jail sentence; however she may only have to serve 5 months.
The daughter of one abused woman says the former nursing home worker was so cruel to her mother that she would break down and cry. She says that she is glad there will be some justice in all of this but says 5 months is too light of a sentence and insists tougher elder abuse laws should be put in place.
If you were abused in a nursing home, or if you suspect a loved one was abused, you should contact a nursing home abuse lawyer who can help you get justice for the abuse.
Tennessee Nursing Home Worker Gets Probation for Nursing Home Abuse
February 14, 2011
An employee at a Kingsport, Tennessee nursing home pleaded guilty to nursing home abuse involving stealing pain medicine from residents at the home where he worked. He was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.
The man pleaded guilty to willful abuse of an adult, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and theft $500 or less. His probation comes with several conditions and he was denied judicial diversion meaning his crimes against the elderly will stay on his record.
Nursing home workers stealing medication from residents is one of the many forms of nursing home abuse. In the case of this man, the people he was responsible for were deprived of the pain medicine they needed, causing them undue pain and suffering. In cases such as these, it is important that family of an abused loved one contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss what legal action can be taken. This will help bring some justice to the victim as well as help stop abuse from recurring.
Tennessee Nursing Home Worker Convicted of Financial Nursing Home Abuse
February 7, 2011
A former social director at Brookhaven nursing home in Tennessee was convicted of financial nursing home abuse and received 5 years of probation in lieu of serving prison time. The man admits to exploiting an elderly resident at the nursing home. He illegally obtained a check for $20,000, as well as cash, and a van from the resident.
“I was in a bad financial situation, which is no excuse. Um, I mismanaged the money that I was making at the nursing home and I’ll regret it for the rest of my life, touching that money,” said the convicted ex-nursing home worker.
The man did not cash the check for $20,000 and returned the money, leading to one count of theft being dismissed.
The elderly are particularly vulnerable to financial abuse, even when in a nursing home. It is always best keep an eye on your loves ones in nursing homes, paying attention to their physical, emotional, and financial well being. If you or a loved one had been financially exploited while in the care of a nursing home you should contact a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately to receive the justice you deserve.
Tennessee Nursing Home Accused of Nursing Home Abuse
March 18, 2013
A nursing home in Tennessee that hasn’t had any citations or infractions for over six years was accused last week of severe nursing home abuse involving two residents.
According to reports, Machokas and Margaret Adhiambo, the owners of the nursing home, have been charged with six counts of willful abuse and neglect, and two counts of gross negligence and physical abuse each.
The investigation started after loved ones of 96-year-old resident Gertrude Moore took her to a local hospital. Doctors informed the family that she was suffering from severe dehydration, a urinary tract infection, and multiple bruises on her legs and ankles. According to the victim, her caregivers had shaken her roughly.
Investigators also determined that the victims living in the Adhiambos’ nursing home were unable to move around on their own and take medication without help. In Tennessee, state law prohibits patients from moving into an unlicensed nursing home if they cannot move on their own. The Adhiambo nursing home does not currently have a state license.
According to Detective Kat Cooper with the Collegedale Police Department, the Adhiambos’ nursing home is a residential nursing home, and the caregivers don’t have the necessary skills to help the residents in the event of a fire or disaster:
“The [Machokas] cannot care for these patients with these needs. They’re not licensed to, they’re not trained to,” Detective Cooper said.
The Tennessee Department of Health, however, found no infractions in the previous years when inspecting the home. Phone calls to the department to inquire about the nursing home were not returned. Yet, family members still have the right to hire a Tennessee nursing home abuse attorney and sue the Adhiambos for personal damages even though their home is not state-certified.
Tennessee Nursing Aide Gets Maximum Sentence for Nursing Home Abuse
October 30, 2011
A former certified nursing assistant at John M. Reed Nursing Home in Limestone, Tennessee received a maximum sentence of 15 months is jail for mental and physical nursing home abuse.
The woman admitted to mentally abusing two residents and was also accused of physically abusing another resident to which she took a “best interest” guilty plea, which means she thinks it is in her best interest to not take the case to trial.
Family of one abused resident say they are happy with the CNA getting the maximum sentence and view the case as a warning message to all other would be abusers of nursing home residents.
A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you and your family get justice if a family member was abused in a nursing home. If you have a loved one in a nursing home you should visit them frequently and look for signs of nursing home abuse or neglect.
Sexual Nursing Home Abuse Lands Two Tennessee CNAs in Jail
January 21, 2011
Two ex-nursing home workers got two-year jail sentences for taking nude videos and photos of residents. The prosecutor in the case said the women, age 52 and 37, committed this form of sexual nursing home abuse for “pleasure and excitement.”
The two certified nursing assistants committed their crimes against elderly residents at Pigeon Forge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tennessee. The photos of nude residents were found when one of the abusers lost her phone and the phone was turned in to the nursing home.
The women have until February 19 to report to the Sevier County Jail. A lawyer for the women argued they should receive probation saying they have shown remorse for their crimes.
Though unthinkable to most, sexual abuse in nursing homes is an all too common form of nursing home abuse. If you suspect a loved one is a victim of any form of nursing home abuse you should contact the authorities immediately and contact a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer.
Five CNAs Arrested in Tennessee for Nursing Home Abuse
August 4, 2012
Three Tennessee certified nursing assistants were arrested earlier this week for alleged nursing home abuse, while two other CNAs were arrested and are accused of not reporting the abuse.
The alleged abuse took place at Appalachian Christian Village nursing home where the CNAs are accused of squirting water at residents with syringes to cause them discomfort.
The three accused of abuse were indicted on two counts of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a dependent adult. The two other CNAs face one count of failing to report abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a dependent adult.
While many of us have heard news of physical abuse caught on hidden cameras or sexual abuse of residents, not all nursing home abuse is so blatant. In a case such as this, the staff involved were not hitting residents, but rather degrading and irritating them with no respect for them as human beings.
If you suspect a loved is suffering any form of nursing home abuse or neglect you need to alert the police right away. From there you should contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to weigh out your legal options.
All nursing home residents deserve to be properly care for and treated with respect–no exceptions. Issues such as bed sores or abusive staff should not be tolerated. We all need to speak out and fight back against nursing home abuse.