The lives of two nurses in two different South Dakota nursing homes were permanently changed when they were the victims of brutal beatings at the hands of a 50-year-old mentally ill patient.
Both nurses suffered severe injuries when they were attacked and repeatedly beaten by the man. In the first home, the man beat a nurse in the head and as a result, she is permanently unable to walk normally. After the beating, the man was transferred to a second nursing home where he struck again. This time, beating a nurse so badly she has permanent memory loss and brain damage.
The patient should have never been admitted into the home in the first place, a decision erroneously made by the nursing home management of Beverly Enterprises who declined to comment on the incidents.
Incidents of abuse in nursing homes by patients against other patients and staff members are not uncommon. Many states do not have laws regulating the admission of former sex offenders and parolees in nursing homes.
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