NJ.com reported that Todd Fulton, a nursing home caregiver has been charged with sexually assaulting an elderly female patient.  A grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Todd Fulton with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and official misconduct for his alleged attack on a resident of the Geraldine Thompson Nursing Home.

Fulton was a certified nursing assistant at the facility, which at the time had been owned and operated by Monmouth County.

The investigation started on April 4, 2015, after a female patient said she had been sexually assaulted by a staff member, the prosecutor said. Administrative staff at the nursing home contacted Wall Township police, he said.

 

The Herald-Standard reported the assault of a nursing home resident by a certified nursing assistant.  Ryan M. French worked as a certified nursing assistant at Havencrest Health and Rehabilitation Center nursing home. French was charged with
assaulting a 75 year old resident.

Township police Officer Robert Tekavec said he was called to the nursing home on Jan. 28 to investigate the alleged assault. Police alleged French assaulted the man because he took French’s Red Bull energy drink. In a statement to risk management director at the facility, French said that the man swung at him first, according the affidavit filed with the case.

Tekavec indicated in court papers that the alleged victim had buttons missing from his shirt and red marks on his neck, face, arms and leg.  When he talked to the alleged victim and his daughter, Tekavec wrote, the two were initially reluctant to press charges.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

McKnights reported that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are directing nursing homes to submit of payroll based journaling data well ahead of the May 15 deadline in order to catch errors. Providers will have until that date to submit data for the fiscal quarter lasting from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2017.

CMS staff told attendees of the Skilled Nursing Facility Open Door Forum call to not hold out until the deadline in order to see if there are “errors and issues” and leave time for corrections if needed.

While providers’ compliance with the program has not been added to their Five-Star rating yet, CMS officials noted the addition of a badge to the Nursing Home Compare website that will show whether or not a facility has submitted staffing data. A green badge indicates that the facility is already participating in the PBJ program; gray means a facility isn’t participating yet.

The badge also includes a note that the staffing reporting program will “be on Nursing Home Compare by early 2018.”

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.

Reuters reported that more than 20,000 people living in U.S. nursing homes experienced serious injuries to the face last year, mainly from falling and hitting hard surfaces or while getting in and out of bed, a recent study suggests. Face injuries can be particularly serious for elderly people because they can affect vital functions like speech, swallowing, sight, and even breathing, said Dr. Peter Svider, a researcher at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan.

Nursing homes programs focused on fall prevention should concentrate more on averting these injuries that can cause considerable pain and disability, the research team writes in JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  SOURCE: bit.ly/2n8c8jI JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, online March 16, 2017.

Nursing homes can reduce the risk of falling by doing exercise or physical therapy and getting their vision checked, while paying greater attention to fall risks during their patient assessments, and offering adequate fall prevention interventions.

Between 2011 and 2015, they found that 109,795 people over age 60 and living in nursing homes required emergency room care for face injuries. Half of the patients were over age 84 and 65 percent were women.

For each incident, the study team noted where on the face patients were hurt and how they sustained the injury.

The most common wounds were deep cuts or skin tears, which made up over 44 percent of all injuries. A similar proportion of patients experienced other soft-tissue injuries, including bruises on the skin or in deep tissues and the tearing off of patches of skin including eyelids or ears.

Bone fractures accounted for nearly 13 percent of injuries. More than two thirds of these breaks were to the nose, and the next most common fracture site was the eye socket.

The injuries were most often the result of falling and hitting structures like the floor, countertops, doors or cabinets, representing 57 percent of injuries.

Getting in and out of bed was the second most common source of injury, accounting for 23 percent.

“Falls are a tremendous source of disability in older adults,” said Hilaire Thompson, a professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle.

“Older trauma patients are more likely to experience a longer hospital stay, increased number of complications, higher costs of care and a higher likelihood of dying for any specific injury than younger adults,” Thompson, who was not involved in the study, said by email.

“Facial injuries are underappreciated,” Thompson added, “as they may accompany other sometimes more severe injuries and are therefore overlooked.”

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.