Ryan Harris of the Daily Post-Athenian wrote a story about a nursing home employee from an Etowah nursing home who was arrested and charged with abusing a 74-year-old blind woman.
Joyce Stanley is charged with willful and physical abuse after hitting the elderly woman with a clipboard and an incontinence pad, as well as pulling her hair and slapping her.
Stanley is being held at the McMinn County Justice Center in lieu of $20,000 bond and is due in court today. Moses said the elderly victim and four other workers at the nursing home reported the abuse. Stanley is a certified nursing assistant at Etowah Health Care Center.
No further investigation at Etowah Health Care Center was done to see if other residents have gotten physically or verbally abused. Stanley has been a certified nursing aid since November 2002, according to the Tennessee Department of Health’s Web site.
How did the nursing home not know about her propensity for violence? Was she overworked? Burnt out? What is the explanation? did they interview other residents? Who was her supervisor?