West Virginia’s WSAZ reported the sentencing of Darren Canada, a nursing home employee, to only one to three years in jail. In December, Canada pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempting to commit a felony. Canada was indicted on charges of abuse or neglect of incapacitated adult and second degree sexual abuse in September 2010. The charges were the result of an incident involving an 81-year-old female patient at the Chateau Adult Care Facility.
The criminal compliant says that another employee at the facility caught Canada attempting to sexually assault the incapacitated patient. When confronted, the complaint says Canada exited the building by jumping through a window. Canada later confessed to the incident
And he only has to serve a year? Where is the justice?
The Texas Tribune reported the arrest of nursing home employee Amber Leigh Fox on several felony drug- and non-related warrants. Fox is a 33-year-old nurse at Pine Shadow Retreat Nursing Home. A deputy took the nurse into custody at her place of employment. Fox was indicted on four counts of fraudulent possession of a controlled prescription substance and one count of engaging in organized crime.
Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden was unsettled on many levels about the situation.
“It’s disturbing to find someone who has been indicted on five felony drug charges is a nurse, but it’s worse to learn she’s employed at a nursing home,” Hayden said. “And this was not even the first time we’ve arrested Ms. Fox.”
The Northwest Herald reported the disturbing allegations against nursing home employee Angelo J. Bird who is accused of abusing a 93-year-old patient at Crystal Pines Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Bird is facing felony sex charges including aggravated criminal sexual assault.
The victim told authorities that the man penetrated her with his fingers while he was working at the care center. The woman was taken to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock after it was reported.
In August, inspectors found the nursing home failed to “protect residents from mistreatment, neglect, and/or theft of personal property,” according the Department of Health and Human Service’s website, www.medicare.gov. And in 2009, inspectors determined that Crystal Pines failed to “hire only people who have no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents; or report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents,” according to the website.
Greenwood physician Dr. Charles Franklin Bruyere pleaded guilty to 20 charges related to controlled substances. Chief Deputy Solicitor Andrew Hodges said Dr. Bruyere pleaded guilty to 20 counts of unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally preparing pre-printed prescriptions for controlled substances. Hodges said all 20 counts are felonies.
Bruyere’s pleas were part of a negotiated agreement. Bruyere was only sentenced to time served, which amounted to 10 days. Bruyere served the 10 days after he initially was arrested last July. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control brought the charges against Bruyere.
The Berkshire Eagle reported that the misdemeanor charge against Deborah Baribeau, a Berkshire Medical Center employee accused of assaulting a female nursing home patient has been upgraded to a felony count of assault and battery on a disabled person with injury. Pittsfield police said Baribeau assaulted a Springside Nursing Home patient while drawing blood from the 59-year-old woman, a stroke survivor who was receiving treatment at the facility.
Several Springside employees, including a supervisor, told police they witnessed the alleged assault. The witnesses claim Baribeau continued to attempt to take blood from the patient even after the patient demanded Baribeau to stop.The patient’s right arm was injured during the incident.
Another pending criminal case involves a Springside employee who allegedly berated an elderly female patient, told the wheelchair-bound woman to shut up, then stuffed a sock in her mouth.
The case that was disposed of last week involved allegations of a Springside employee who physically assaulted an elderly woman with dementia. The former employee punched the woman multiple times and tore a clump of hair from her scalp, police said.
LoHud.com had a story about Carolyn M. Wheeler, a 29-year-old nursing home employee, who was arrested after other employees caught her engaging in sexual contact with a 60-year-old male patient who suffers from a severe mental defect. How could the nursing home let this happen? Who was supervising this employee?
The employee was charged with felony second-degree endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person and misdemeanor second-degree sex abuse. Wheeler was caught by a staff member engaging in sexual contact with the patient at about 6 p.m. Aug. 17, police said. The man apparently suffers from several medical conditions that would have prevented him from giving consent to the sexual contact. It is unclear if Wheeler had multiple sexual contacts with the patient. Police also are investigating whether other patients may have been victims, though that was difficult because many of the patients in the home suffer from dementia and other mental conditions.
Although there is a concern regarding privacy issues, many families use hidden video cameras to document neglect by nursing home employees. These cameras are useful especially when the nursing home denies neglect or fails to supervise employees apporpriately.
I ran across an article that illustates my point perfectly. An ex-employee of a Rochester nursing home admitted today that she neglected a patient in a case that included the use of a hidden camera.
Tammy Devos, 43, who was employed as a certified nurse’s aide at the Jennifer Matthew Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rochester, NY pleaded guilty to the misdemeanors of second-degree falsifying business records and willful violation of health laws.
She was sentenced to spend 16 weekends in county jail, beginning Sept. 1. As a condition of her plea, she agreed to surrender her nurse’s aide license.
She’s one of five former employees of the nursing home to face felony charges.
She was initially charged with first-degree falsifying business records, a felony.
Nine other former employees pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and received probation. The employees were charged after an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office that involved putting a hidden camera in a patient’s room in the spring of 2005.
According to court documents, the 70-year-old patient, who suffered from dementia, was not turned regularly, was allowed to lie in his own waste, and was not given adequate food or hydration. False entries were made in the patient’s records to show that proper care was given.