The San Francisco Chronicle reported Jodi Alexander, an Oklahoma nursing home worker, has been charged in connection with a prescription drug ring.  Alexander is accused of stealing prescription medications from patients at the Crescent Care Center where she worked, changing medical records so they wouldn’t reflect a discrepancy. Alexander and Dale Steven Markus, her boyfriend, were charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. She was also charged with larceny.

Security is one of the biggest concerns facing one nursing home in Waynesboro, Georgia. In a security breach on Monday, Donnie Moss was able to enter the home, where he sodomized a helpless resident. Families of residents reported that the numerical code for the keypad was posted on an exterior wall, visible to everyone. When WRDW News 12 went to interview the home, no code was posted. They asked about the code, and whether it had been removed since the incident on Monday, to which an employee said that they couldn’t comment. The rape was investigated and Moss has been charged with the crime.

In a common but tragic tale of greed and avarice, Pamela S. Britt, a nursing home administrator, was accused of stealing around $100,000 from 18 victims between 2007 and 2011 when she operated Heartland Health Care.  Britt was an authorized check signer and exploited that authority to write checks to herself, forging signatures of other employees to cover her tracks.

Britt remains in jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond. Her next court date is July 30. The residents have a single pool for their funds, whether they be private, Medicaid, or Social Security. Britt quit the home before an internal audit, when it was discovered that she had been committing fraud for the past three years. Britt could face up to 15 years in prison.  See full article at The News-Gazette.

 

In a report by the Chronicle, Augusta resident Lashanda Johnson has been arrested for battery of a disabled adult. When the patient resisted Johnson’s attempts to change her sheets in the middle of the night, Johnson pushed the patient and said she would hit them if they fought back. A bump was found on the patient’s head, prompting the calling of authorities. The patient’s room was under video surveillance and clearly showed the exchange between Johnson and the patient.

In a report on the unbelievable abuse against nursing home residents, Fox 4 in Dallas details the shocking and alarming treatment that four residents suffered at the hands of caregivers.  The original report, in video format, shows videos and photographs of the abused. The photos are shocking, detailing injuries that arose from workers’ abuse and carelessness, but the videos are much worse.

Three videos detail the horrendous treatment that these gentle vulnerable residents suffered. Among the abuses were pinching, slapping, name calling, hair pulling, and general roughness. Minnie Graham suffered numerous abuses at the hands of her caregivers, two of whom consistently used unnecessary force when handling her, and one slapped her in the face multiple times in the course of a few minutes. Her helpless cry of ‘Somebody help me’ is heart wrenching. When she gathered the courage to say something back to her tormenters, the aide shoved his middle finger in her face. Mrs. Graham died about a month later. Her granddaughters, who had placed the hidden camera in her room and captured the abuse, said that they believe she died because of a broken spirit.

The authoritative body in Texas never charged Winters Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with anything. Had the home been charged, they would have faced a paltry fine. Texas, like South Carolina, is among the lowest states in the nation for nursing home fines. If the facility agreed to pay the fine, another 35% would have been taken off. In Texas, the home is responsible for the abuse, and when paying the price, they get a discount.

The two aides who abused Mrs. Graham still held their licenses, one even worked at another nursing home. Fox 4 asked the police why one aide had never been arrested. The police response: We couldn’t find her. But Fox 4 found her – at the same address that was listed in her records. The lack of concern for prosecuting this woman, investigating the home, and enforcing the rights of nursing home residents reveals a terrifying lack of consideration for the elderly on all levels, the nursing home, the police, and even the department responsible for nursing home regulations and investigations.

Many times, reading the statistics, or looking at figures of beds and financial costs, it is easy to forget the reason that nursing homes exist: to care for those who cannot care for themselves. However, when the care that one is receiving more closely resembles abuse than assistance, it is clear that nursing homes need to constantly be reminded that their residents are people. They hear, they talk, they feel. They should be treated like the human beings that they are. Instead, they are treated as less than human, simply because they cannot fight back. Don’t let this become your mother, or your father, or you.

Fox 59 reported the arrest of a nursing home employees following a credible report of abuse.
Six employees at Providence Home Health Care Center, an Indiana nursing home, face charges in connection with the reported abuse of an adult resident.  Some of the abuse was recorded.

In one videotaped encounter, the employees rolled the patient aggressively, hitting his head on a bed rail. They’re also accused of hitting the man when he wouldn’t cooperate with being rolled over, the probable cause affidavit said.  Tonya N. Sanders, Loogootee; Blaine T. Ballard, 33, Jasper; Casey M. Hill, 28, Taswell; and Wendy M. Sutherlin, 28, Taswell, were arrested Monday on charges of felony battery, neglect and intimidation.

Two other workers–Katrina L. Patterson, 40, Jasper, and Sheryl A. Rockett, 52, Washington–face face misdemeanor charges of failure to report abuse of an endangered adult.

 

Below are two more incidents where nursing home employees were arrested for stealing from residents.  This is a common problem in nursing homes and managment never believes the residents or investigates the complaints.  Many residents tell me that management’s failure to investigate upsets them more than the theft itself.

Rantoul Press reported the arrest of Shiquita Sutton, an employee of Canterbury Ridge assisted-living facility, for stealing from a resident’s room.  An Urbana police report said over the last couple of weeks, several residents in their 80s and 90s reported cash missing from their rooms. On Jan. 24, police set up a hidden camera in the room of a resident who is often out of her room. They placed a $20 bill on top of a dresser, and two days later, Sutton was recorded taking the bill and putting it in her pocket. Police said she denied taking the cash.

KAIT8 reported the arrest of Crystal Land, an employee of Walnut Ridge Nursing Home, for stealing from residents.  Land was interviewed in connection with allegations made by several residents that had money stolen from them. She worked for the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.  She admitted during the interview that she spent money from residents, shopping at multiple businesses and paying some of her own debts. She also admitted to taking funds multiple times a week.

 

WPXI reported the incredible story of a nursing home worker’s heroin overdose while she was taking care of the residents.  The incident occurred at Townview Health and Rehab nursing home.  Workers found one of the co-workers allegedly passed out on a hallway floor inside the nursing home. According to police, officers found two empty stamp bags of suspected heroin and a syringe on a bathroom sink inside the nursing home.  She admitted to taking the heroin. Townview Health and Rehab officials declined to comment on the situation, and did not say if the woman is still an employee of their facility.

 

The Houston Chronicle reported another nursing home incident uncovered because of a hidden camera.  Dorcas Gbenda was arrested at The Gardens of Bellaire and was taken from the property in handcuffs.  The camera was installed by the resident’s relatives after management ignored their complaints that items were missing from his room.

 

 

The Kansas City Star reported that Brian D. Schmidt, a Merriam nursing facility employee, has been charged with sexually assaulting a resident.  He was charged with one felony count of aggravated sexual battery for an alleged incident involving a 46-year-old woman.

The incident occurred Nov. 11 at the Trinity Nursing & Rehab Center. According to court documents, the victim was “overcome by force or fear or was physically powerless” to resist the alleged sexual touching.