From May 13 to May 19, the American Health Care Association is urging everyone to celebrate National Nursing Home Week. The objective is not just to contact or visit loved ones in nursing homes, but also to celebrate the staff that cares for them.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Journey,” and nursing homes throughout the country have planned special events to honor the lives and milestones of its residents and dedicated staff.
National Nursing Home Week encourages everyone to celebrate the relationship between the staff, the residents, and their loved ones, as well as honor those that make the nursing homes possible.
While visiting your loved ones in nursing home facilities, be sure to look for signs of abuse. Unfortunately, the elderly can be prone to abuse and neglect. If you believe a family member has been abused by an employee, contact the nursing home abuse attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP at 615-277-2765 today.
Two nursing home workers in Oklahoma were fired and arrested this week after family members discovered the women had been abusing their 96 year-old relative who suffers from dementia. The family installed a hidden camera in her room and caught the abuse on tape.
According to the police, one female nurse is seen slapping the patient with a rubber glove and then stuffing the glove in the elderly woman’s mouth while the other nurse stood and watched. In another incident, a nurse is seen lifting the woman onto the bed and then pushing her head until she laid down.
The 23 and 28 year-old women have each been charged with neglect by caretaker.
The family of an elderly woman who died in nursing home care has been awarded over $90 million in punitive and economic damages by a West Virginia jury. Before coming to the nursing home, the woman was able to walk with the aid of a walker and able to communicate despite her dementia.
The jury agreed with the prosecutors that the nursing home failed to properly care for and feed its patient. She had become severely dehydrated and so weak she was unable to feed herself while in the home’s care. Her son says he was given a wall of paperwork when he tried to help her.