MassLive reported the case of certified nursing aide Parkpoom Seesangrit- guilty of rape for a May 2014 crime at the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center.  Assistant District Attorney Lee Baker said Seesangrit digitally penetrated the 69-year-old victim’s vagina. She was on the dementia unit at the facility and Seesangrit was a certified nursing assistant.

 Seesangrit testified through a Thai interpreter he was changing a diaper for the victim and cleaning her, but did not digitally penetrate her. He acknowledged he told an East Longmeadow police sergeant he used two fingers to penetrate the woman.  Seesangrit said he never touched the woman sexually.

He said he was aware of the nursing facility’s policy that men could not render care to female patients but he chose to change the woman anyway.

Seesangrit admitted his guilt when questioned by an East Longmeadow police sergeant but then denied he did anything inappropriate.

He has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison.

 

The Dallas News and WISHTV had articles on the malicious treatment of residents at Windsor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Duval.  A nursing-home employee recorded an elderly woman being made to rub feces on her face and shared the cruel video on social media. Footage shared on Snapchat shows someone tickling the woman’s nose as she sleeps, causing her to rub her face, KXAN-TV reports. Her hand appears to be smeared with feces. A second photo shows someone tickling the sleeping woman’s nose with a tissue or feather apparently prompting her to reach up and touch her own face with her dirty hand, which a third photo also shows.

Jasmyn Long, who saw the videos Monday, told KVUE-TV that she knew the man who posted them.  “I really can’t believe there are people out there that find that kind of stuff amusing,” Long said. Long said she responded to the man, who told her he wasn’t worried about losing his job.

A fiery online exchange shows someone offended by the pictures writing: “Imagine if that was your parents…”

The employee responded: “Who gone make me loose [sic] my job surely not you!” When KXAN went to the man’s home, his family said they had no comment.

Then a young man came back outside, responding to KXAN’s questions about the man’s whereabouts and if he would answer why the photos were posted.

“He’s sleeping. We don’t have time for that,” the man said.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services said that the center had notified it of the incident.

 

 

 

 

The Star Tribune reported the Minnesota investigation that discovered Kenneth Allers was neglected to death.  A nurse stood by and did nothing as Allers suffered numerous violent and painful seizures in his final hours.  The nursing home facility ignored pleas from his family who were begging the caregiver to intervene. The attacks left an unresponsive Allers biting off pieces of his tongue and inner cheek and bleeding from his mouth, but the nurse refused to alert his doctor or give him medication to ease his anguish or fight off the seizures, the state found.

A Minnesota Health Department investigation lasted six months and ruled that the nurse’s neglect was to blame for the anguish that 58-year-old Allers endured for at least 11 hours at the Sterling Park Health Center.

His final hours were consumed with at least seven seizures, a few lasting less than a minute but one going on for 1½ minutes followed by another lasting 2 minutes, the state investigation noted.

At one point as the seizures kept coming, according to the state report, a witness said to the nurse, “It looks like [Allers] is in pain!” The nurse replied, “Yes, it does” and walked out of the resident’s room without another word.

Allers only received pain medication after a new nurse came on duty; his seizures stopped soon afterward.

River Front Times reported the scam by nursing home caregiver De’Janay Noldon. She pled guilty to federal fraud charges for stealing her victim’s personal information while working at Seniors Home Care. She opened lines of credit in the person’s name and used them to shop and pay her own bills as well as bills for her family.

Noldon also logged into the victim’s Edward Jones account in hopes of stealing the senior’s savings, federal prosecutors say.  The crooked caregiver pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. Investigators say they have identified another twelve elderly victims and six financial institutions defrauded by Noldon. She’s believed to be responsible for losses totaling about $30,000.

Noldon is scheduled to be sentenced on June 27. She faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Michigan’s MLive reported that Kathryn Brackett, a dementia patient and resident of Crystal Springs Assisted Living Center was found dead in the early hours of Oct. 27 on the grounds outside the center. She died of hypothermia after being stranded outdoors for more than four hours in mid-30-degree temperatures and rainy conditions.

Yahira Zamora and Denise Filcek are the assisted living center employees facing felony charges which led to the October death of Brackett.

Zamora is accused of resetting an alarmed door designed to keep residents inside without checking whether any residents exited the facility. She faces a charge of second-degree vulnerable adult abuse — a felony punishable by up to four years in prison, or a fine of $5,000.

Filcek was responsible for making bed checks every 30 minutes and failed to check on patients despite falsely indicating she had on records. She faces a charge of intentional inclusion of misleading or inaccurate information in a medical chart — a felony with a maximum sentence of four years in prison, and/or a $5,000 fine.

 

 

The Buffalo News reported the disturbing tale of Thomas Moore who spent more than 20 years in prison for sexually abusing hospitalized women who were elderly, disabled or incapacitated.  But when time came to release him last year, he was accepted at Waterfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Buffalo – where he lived surrounded by elderly, disabled and incapacitated women. State law required Waterfront to be notified of Moore’s status as a level 3 “sexually violent and predicate sex offender” when he was released to its care, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Services.

Barely a month after he moved into Waterfront, Moore was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a fellow resident in her bed.  Authorities accused Moore of entering the room of another Waterfront resident at about midnight on Jan. 3, pulling off her blanket and molesting her. Police arrested Moore nine days later, charging him with sexual abuse of a person incapable of giving consent and with endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person.

“It was like throwing the fox in the hen house,” said Dr. Charles P. Ewing of the University at Buffalo, an attorney and forensic psychologist who has studied sex offenders and the law. Ewing said that any facility responsible for the safety of others, whether they are young, elderly or infirm, has a higher level of obligation to stay informed if it agrees to hire or house someone on the sex offender registry.

The police report’s description of the January assault are similar to Moore’s first two convictions for sex crimes. In both cases, he assaulted women who were disabled or incapacitated.

Moore’s first sex offense conviction came in July 1996. Moore targeted a 79-year-old woman – a patient in a Manhattan hospital. Convicted of the sexual abuse of a person who was physically helpless, he spent four years in prison and was released in 2000.

By August 2001, Moore assaulted two female patients at Beth Israel Medical Center. First he pulled the sheet off a 58-year-old woman who had come out of surgery. Then a nurse spotted him on a bed with a semi-conscious 93-year-old woman.

Federal regulations require nursing homes to make every effort to protect their residents from abuse. Those rules “not only specify that these facilities may only admit residents they can appropriately care for, but they must also identify residents whose personal histories put them at risk for abusing other residents,” according to the state Department of Health.

“Staff must work diligently to prevent such occurrences by monitoring behavior of these residents and regularly reviewing their internal strategies for the prevention of abuse,” according to its statement to The News.

A 2015 study led by Cornell researchers found that more than 20 percent of nursing home residents are victims of some type of resident-on-resident abuse in the course of any given month, with the abuse ranging from cursing and threats, theft of personal items, inappropriate touching or hitting, all the way up to homicide.

 

The Chicago Sun Times reported the $875,000 settlement for the family of a man who choked to death at the facility in 2012.  Antonio Mares died after a nursing assistant at the Center Home for Hispanic Elderly fed him food that was not safe; failed comply with his physician’s diet orders; and violated the resident’s care plan.  He choked while eating without proper supervision.

The Levin & Perconti law firm announced the settlement. The family’s attorneys faulted understaffing and improper training for Mares’ death. Mares’ daughter, Isela Mares, says she hopes “needed changes” will be made at the nursing home.

A certified nursing assistant who was assigned to assist Mares with his evening meal set up the food tray on his table, positioned him to begin eating then stepped away from the area. Mares ate the food unsupervised and began to choke.

After realizing that Mares was choking, the nursing assistant unsuccessfully attempted to perform the Heimlich maneuver. He also used the call light to ask for help, but no one responded. Mares was later pronounced dead after further life-saving efforts also proved unsuccessful.

“Our family was robbed of the opportunity to properly say goodbye to my father, and while no sum of money will ever make up for our loss, we are hopeful that this settlement will incentivize the nursing home to make some needed changes,” Mares’ daughter, Isela Mares, said in the statement.

 

Miami’s News7 reported the abuse of a 93 year old nursing home resident.  The victim’s family made the disturbing discovery after installing a nanny camera in her room. Loved ones were horrified to see how their great-grandmother was being treated at the Boston area facility.  The video, set up by her family in her room at Wingate at Sharon, shows two women toss the elderly resident into her wheelchair. The resident, whose family, has identified her only as Dorothy, then struggles to maintain her balance.  See video on Fox25 here.

“They actually pull her hair and her neck is catapulted back, and she can’t catch her balance,” said the victim’s granddaughter Kristin.

The video from March 5 begins with Dorothy, who has dementia, swearing at and exchanging swipes with the pair. She threatens to break one certified nursing assistant (CNA)’s nose and says she will call police.

“She can’t really hurt you. She’s 98 pounds. They were picking her up and whipping her around,” Kristen said. “It’s awful. We haven’t even slept nights with the images in our head of what was taken place, and we weren’t there to help her.”

Since the incident, officials say both employees, Domingas Teixeira and Leonide Jean Paul Bien-Aime, are now facing charges. The 93-year-old has since been removed from the home. The workers now face charges of assault and battery on a person over the age of 60.

In an effort to protect her own grandparent and others, Kristen has been sending letters to lawmakers urging them to reconsider an electronic monitoring bill that was never passed but was proposed more than 15 years ago to allow residents of nursing homes to keep a camera rolling in their room.

When CNN published a report revealing widespread sexual abuse and assault in nursing homes, many people asked the same question: Why isn’t more being done to stop it?

The multi-part investigation revealed disturbing cases of rape and sexual abuse by nursing assistants and found that more than 1,000 nursing homes had been cited for mishandling suspected cases of sexual abuse.
In response, the National Association of Health Care Assistants pledged to take action. The organization said it was “saddened and sickened by the CNN investigative report” and that it planned to immediately ramp up its education and training efforts. It said it especially wants to ensure that nursing assistants know how to spot potential abuse and report it promptly.
But federal legislation introduced two days after CNN’s investigation was published could make it far more difficult to hold problematic nursing homes accountable for abuse, according to elder abuse attorneys. The bill, submitted by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, would limit the legal liability of nursing homes, among a wide variety of other doctors, medical facilities and companies.

CBS Denver reported that Travis Young, a nurse’s assistant, who allegedly threw a dementia patient against a concrete wall, shattering her femur and contributing to her death, went before a judge last week.

Travis Young faces a class six felony assault on an at-risk adult charge, which carries a possible four year sentence if he is convicted.

Young worked in 2014 at the Olathe nursing facility where Charlotte Fischer was placed.  Young had received several complaints for abuse by other residents before the incident occurred.

Fischer’s granddaughter Amy said she never gave up pushing for justice.

“They tried so hard to make it go away – without me knocking on the door saying ‘Grandma didn’t deserve to die like this,’ it probably would have,” Amy told CBS4 in her first interview about the situation.

“You put someone in a nursing home not out of want, out of ‘You have to,’ and you want them to be protected and cared for. You would never assume they would be put in a position where they will be injured or harmed and scared and left alone,” Amy said.

Amy said it took two days before anyone called to tell her there had been an incident. Colorow officials claimed the frail woman — who weighed less than 100 pounds — had hit herself, causing the serious injuries.

“They left her in bed with a shattered femur, with no pain medicine other than Tylenol and they didn’t tell me that she had been injured any other way. They told me that she had hit herself in the head,” Amy said.

Days later, Fischer passed away.

“I can’t imagine the pain she was in for those days they left her there,” Amy said.

Amy says she had a feeling the administrators were not telling her the whole story. She started what has become a three year campaign, pushing the DA to continue looking into the case.

The coroner eventually ruled her death a homicide and a charge has now been filed in the case.

“I’m very thankful there’s finally a day in court,” Amy said.