Autumn Healthcare of Zanesville, OH is being shut down by the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine. The 100 bed facility is being closed because of patient neglect. ODH received several complaints from family members about the facility, and entered into an investigation with the families’ permission. They installed several hidden cameras in the rooms of multiple patients, which revealed that staff were neglecting to provide medical, nutritional, and personal care to at least one patient.

Some staff were falsifying documents so it would appear that correct treatment had been given. After these videos, ODH conducted an inspection, and cited the home for violations of infection control, treatment and care, food and nutrition, and resident rights.

This particular facility has been on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ watch list, Special Focus Facilities, for the past 53 months, identifying the home as one with a history of issues. All of the home’s residents are being transferred to other facilities. The move is being coordinated by the Ohio Department of Aging and all patients will be moved after the remaining days of the home’s operation are up.

See article at NBC4i.

CTV News reported that four employees from St. Joseph’s at Fleming long- term care facility in Ontario, Canada have been suspended with pay after video footage showed them abusing a patient. The footage was captured by Camille Parent, who installed a camera in the room of his mother, Hellen MacDonald, an 85 year-old patient at St. Joseph’s suffering from dementia. Parent was prompted to install the camera after his mother suffered a suspicious black eye.

The footage shows a staff member blowing his nose in Mrs. MacDonald’s sheets while making her bed, another staff member changing her diaper with the door open, and yet another shoving a rag covered in fecal matter in Mrs. MacDonald’s face. The incidents all occurred within a period of three weeks.

In 2010, the Long- Term Care Homes Act was passed, enacting a zero tolerance for abuse policy in Ontario extended care facilities. When asked whether or not the footage depicted what he would classify as abuse, Alan Cavell, CEO of St. Joseph’s, told CTV news, “I don’t want to give my opinion directly. I would think that most people would say that it was.” Investigations are under way by both St. Joseph’s and the Ontario Ministry of Health.

CTV News reported that there were over 10,000 incidents of seniors suffering abuse in nursing homes in Canada last year. In light of these disturbing figures, Parent continues to raise awareness about residents’ safety and the quality of care they receive in long-term care facilities through his new organization, Ontario Cares.

 

NineMSN fromLondon had an article and disturbing video showing an elderly resident being abused.   Jane Worroll installed a hidden camera after noticing suspicious bruises on her 82-year-old mother’s arms. When she later reviewed the footage, she found it had captured a violent attack on her mother by 30-year-old carer Jonathan Aquino.  Ms Worrol wrote in the Daily Mail this week she was shocked to see Aquino shoving her mother and rolling her onto her side as she "cried out in humiliation and pain". "Then his arm swung back. I heard the crack of a slap against her thigh," Ms Worrol said. "Over the following minutes, I saw him slapping my mother around her thighs and her face — again and again and again."

Another four employees were filmed mistreating the elderly Ms Worrol.

 

Lawyers and Settlements had an article about the lawsuit filed in a case where a surveillance camera captured images of nursing home abuse in what has been deemed the second-worst elder care facility in the nation, according to the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Richmond Health and Rehabilitation Complex in Madison, also known as Madison Manor, was also ranked the worst facility in the state of Kentucky.   Madison Manor is owned by Extendicare, a for-profit chain that operates 21 facilities in the state. The Lexington Herald Leader reported Wednesday that three Extendicare facilities are on the GAO national list of worst performers.

Last year a hidden camera at the Richmond facility caught images of abuse inflicted on an 84-year-old resident by nursing aides. The resident, Armeda Thomas, has since died. However, in September of last year, Thomas’ family hid a video camera in her room at Madison Manor in an effort to explain bruising on the resident’s body.

Nursing assistants were seen physically abusing and taunting the Alzheimer’s patient. The nursing assistants were also allegedly shown refusing to feed or bathe the resident.

Thomas died two months later. Her family proceeded to sue the nursing home, and three nurses’ aides were indicted and charged with abuse.  Jaclyn Dawn VanWinkle pleaded guilty earlier this year. Amanda G. Sallee stands trial in March and Valerie Lamb is set to enter a plea early in the new year.

 

 

UticaOD.com had an article about a nursing home being investigated for abuse of a resident.   A former home employee claims the investigation is based on an audio recording she made of another employee repeatedly swearing at a patient.  Tracie Bowers, the former employee, said she recorded an incident at the end of March involving a patient with Alzheimer’s or dementia.  She said she also believes her reporting of the incident led to her dismissal two weeks later.

Bowers said she had worked as a certified nursing assistant at St. Joseph for about seven months when the incident occurred, and that the woman heard on her cell phone recording was an assistant as well. In the 30-second recording, which Bowers shared with the O-D, a woman can be clearly heard swearing and calling the patient in question derogatory names.

An unidentifiable sound that Bowers says is the other woman hitting the patient’s hand is followed by a harsh command: “Be nice.”   The male patient was not doing anything to provoke the other employee, but rather began repeating “be nice” over and over toward the end of the incident, Bowers said.

Bowers said she and the other assistant worked together for two shifts on the evening of the incident, and that she observed questionable behavior almost immediately.  “She was kind of rude to all of the residents, really,” she said. “She wasn’t really, really bad; it was just a weird attitude.”

Bowers took her concerns to a supervising nurse who excused the woman’s behavior by saying she was probably tired, she said.  Not satisfied with that answer, Bowers broke company policy by bringing her cell phone with her on the second shift and captured the recording.

When the supervising nurse continued to brush off her concerns, she took the matter to a charge nurse at the facility, and from there the report was taken seriously, she said.   Bowers said she met with facility administrators, who in turn notified the state health department, and copies of the phone recording were made.

Although St. Joseph administrators praised her for reporting the incident, Bowers said she began having conflicts with other nurses and nursing assistants at the facility shortly afterward, some of whom felt she should have been disciplined for having her personal phone at work that day.

“One day everything is, ‘Oh, you did a great job,’ and the next day they’re all throwing a fit because I didn’t get in trouble for having my phone,” she said. “It was just a whole stupid game of trying to get me kicked out of there, and then finally they (her supervisors) said they would probably have to terminate me.”

The facility scored in the bottom 20 percent statewide for 7 out of 19 categories on its most recent state evaluation, and a Feb. 2008 inspection noted a pattern of administrative problems that could pose “immediate jeopardy” to patients’ wellbeing. That inspection led to $12,000 in fines for various violations, a health department report states.

This CNA should be praised, promoted, and given a raise not fired for what she did.  This is a terrible tragedy becuase now this CNA will be blacklisted and will find it difficult to gain employment, and it will stop others from reporting abuse and neglect for fear of their jobs.