The vast majority of nursing home residents live in these facilities specifically because they have physical and/or mental vulnerabilities. Obviously then it remains appalling when the very people paid to provide these individuals with extra care completely usurp that charge and intentionally injury these vulnerable community members. In our area this Illinois nursing home abuse occurs with more frequency than many are aware.
That appears to be what happened in a recent nursing home abuse case explained by KXAN News. An employee at the Georgetown Nursing Home was recently arrested by local authorities after physically harming a resident in her charge. The attacker was attempting to change an 88-year old male resident’s clothing when she became frustrated by the difficulty of helping the man in this way.
Apparently she was unable to control her anger. As a result she grabbed the man’s upper arms, and pushed him toward the toilet area in his bathroom. As other staff members watched on, they then saw the woman put the elderly man in a headlock and force him to sit down on the toilet while pushing down on his chest. The resident has suffered chest pains since the attack.
Authorities did not let the attack go unnoticed. The abuser was arrested on charged of injury to an elderly person and bond was set at $7,500.
Unfortunately, there remain many more cases of abuse of this sort that are never made public and go without punishment. Many residents suffer from mental problems, like dementia, and are therefore unable to convey the abuse that has occurred. The difficulty for residents to report honestly about their treatment means that it remains incredibly important for these facilities to conduct appropriate background checks on all employees.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti are disgusted by these stories of abuse and neglect. Please get in touch with our office if you suspect similar treatment of a loved one has caused them harm.
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