ABC News, the Denver Channel, had an article about a nursing home employee beating a sick and vulnerable resident of a nursing home.  This story disgusts me.  I hope they throw the book at this guy.  I hope he will never be able to work in the health care industry again. This kind of assault happens far too frequently and typically gets covered up by the nursing home or regulatory agencies.

The article mentions thar Kalen Randolph was arrested for nearly beating to death an elderly patient in his care. He physically assaulted a 74-year-old stroke victim at Ashley Manor.   "He struck him repeatedly. Turns out, he had serious bodily injury, according to one doctor. (Randolph) also then fled the scene leaving eight of these elderly patients at the home without supervision," said Aurora Police spokesman Detective Bob Friel.

Because of a 911 hangup call, police responded quickly to the attack at 3:40 a.m., but Randolph was not in the area.   "We know that he ended up meeting with a girlfriend and having sex in her car. And that’s what he was doing at the time when these elderly patients were left in the home," said Friel.

Randolph, a certified nurse’s assistant, is charged with eight counts of neglect and one count of second-degree assault.  Ashley Manor is a small facility for Alzheimer’s and brain injury patients. It has only nine patients.

Where was his supervisor?  Was he the only person working on third shift?  The nursing home should be held accountable for the actions of their employees.

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