The Dallas News reported the tragic case of abuse suffered by Mynez Carter at the hands of nursing home employees at the Heritage Oaks Nursing Home. The abuse and assault were recorded on video. Daughters of Mynez Carter, 83, secretly installed a “nanny cam” in their mother’s room at the Heritage Oaks Nursing Home, which captured the abuse. The relatives bought a surveillance camera that downloads images to a computer. They hid the camera, smaller than a preschooler’s crayon, in her mother’s room. Mynez Carter has Alzheimer’s disease and requires continuous care.
The family became suspicious when Carter had unexplained bruises, was acting fearful and dodged away from anyone trying to embrace her. They believe the hidden camera they installed in her room explains why. The video showed rough treatment and abuse. In one instance a worker putting a pillow under Carter’s head can be seen pulling her hair and pushing her head. In another instance a worker pinches her leg.
The Star-Telegram reported that CNA Maria F. Acosta was arrested for assaulting an elderly person.
Heritage Oaks received an overall score of 50 out of 100 on its last inspection by the department.
In the most recent comprehensive inspection of Heritage Oaks, conducted Feb. 10, 23 deficiencies under federal standards and 38 violations of state standards were cited.