Nursing Home Abuse in Washington
Nursing Home Abuse Allegations at Washington Nursing Facility
April 22, 2012
A worker at Cascades of Bremerton Retirement Community in Bremerton, Washington has reported to police that she witnessed a fellow worker abusing elderly residents, including poking their necks and foreheads, stepping on their feet, and covering their mouths and noses to stop them from speaking.
The alleged physical nursing home abuse is under investigation. A spokesperson for the nursing home said their investigation was inconclusive.
The patients who were allegedly abused are both in their 90’s and have dementia and are confined to wheelchairs. Neither resident said they were abused or scared of the accused worker.
The accuser said she reported the abuse because she is going on vacation soon and is worried about the safety of the residents.
Physical abuse in a nursing home should not be tolerated by residents or their families. We encourage anyone concerned about nursing home abuse to report the situation to the police immediately and contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.
Investigation Finds Rampant Cover-ups in ‘Adult Family’ Nursing Home Abuse Cases
September 13th, 2010
A Seattle Times investigation has found that over the last five years at least 357 adult family homes in Washington have concealed cases of abuse or neglect of their residents.
Similar to abuse and neglect in nursing homes, poorly trained caregivers have done everything from neglecting resident’s basic hygiene to mishandling medication, sometimes giving fatal overdoses.
Adult family homes are private residences that take care of a small number of people and are marketed as a low-cost alternative to nursing homes where residents receive more personalized care. Washington state has imposed fewer regulation on these homes with no minimum number of employees requirement.
The Times found that many caregivers in these homes tried to cover-up evidence of abuse and neglect, including forging medical records, lying to state investigators, and threatening residents with eviction if they provided witness statements. In addition, even when the state Department of Social and Health Services was contacted when abuse or neglect took place, many times the agency failed to properly investigate.
In nursing homes, Washington law requires that even if a caregiver fails to report nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, someone else along the chain of care would be required to do so. However, in adult family homes it is up to the caregiver alone to report abuse or neglect.
Although the Times investigation found that many homes frequently violated this law, they rarely faced stern punishments. And even when caught trying to cover-up problems, most of these homes have been allowed to keep their state-issued licenses.
Nursing Home Abuse Leads Resident to Shoot Employee
February 7, 2013
After months and months of alleged nursing home abuse, an 87-year-old nursing home resident in Washington state took matters into his own hands last week when he fired shots at an employee.
According to police reports, nursing home resident Arthur Hames endured months of severe bullying and abuse by former employee, 57-year-old Roger Holbrook. The incident took place when Hames entered Holbrook’s office with a handgun and shot him twice. After being shot in the stomach, Holbrook fought Hames to the ground and was able to secure the gun while staff members rushed in to help him.
After questioning Hames, police learned that he fired the shots because he was tired of the endless bullying he was receiving. Hames also informed authorities he had plans to commit suicide after he shot Holbrook.
The incident occurred at the Josephine Sunset Home in Stanwood, Washington earlier this week on Monday morning. Holbrookswas taken to a local hospital shortly after he was shot, but has since returned to his home to heal. According to Terry Robertson, the CEO of Sunset Nursing Home, it has been traumatic experience:
“It was very traumatic for him. He’s very happy to be alive today,” Robertson said in a news statement.
Meanwhile, Hames has been charged with a felony charge of first-degree assault and is being held in jail on a $200,000 bond. There has no been no indication if any criminal charges will be filed for nursing home abuse against Holbrook. However, Hames claims that Holbrook has bullied several patients over the past months. However, victims of nursing home abuse always have the option of retaining a nursing home abuse attorney for legal assistance.