One of the situations I can never get used to seeing as a nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys is when a caregiver assaults a vulnerable adult in a nursing home.  I know it is typically caused by burn-out from overworked and underappreciated employees but I still can’t believe it can happen as often as it does.  It happened again in Augusta.

According to an incident report, deputies were called for a suspicious situation to the Golden Living Center nursing home.  Deputies discovered that an employee witnessed Jatoria Audrey Johnson grab a male patient, 69, by the genitals and twist them.  Ouch.

The Richmond County C.A.V.E. Task Force arrested Johnson. She is charged with two felony counts of exploitation of an elder or disabled adult.  The Task Force believes Johnson also punched and hit a blind patient against a dresser in that same room.

The Johnson case is just one of 118 cases investigated by C.A.V.E. in September

“Some of the types of abuse that we run into are physical, emotional, neglect, abandonment, sexual and financial,” Shawn Rhodes, the deputy director for C.A.V.E., said. “I know it’s a hard pill to swallow. It’s just terrible.”

“In this instance, there’s a healthcare facility regulation group that inspects each facilities and receives complaints,” Rhodes said.


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