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Nursing Home Abuse

In a troubling and graphic news story, The New York Daily News published an article about a resident of a nursing home, an 89 year old woman who was abused by a caregiver at the home.

The grand daughter of the abused woman said she was concerned when bruises started appearing on the hands and forehead of her grandmother. She complained to the Gold Crest Care Center in the Bronx but her complaints were ignored. She took maters into her own hands and set up a small hidden camera in a potted plant to document the abuse herself.

Footage obtained is said to show a nurse from Gold Crest Care Center in the Bronx twisting the 89 year old woman's arm and slamming her into a bed.

Police arrested the nurse, Sandra Kerr, 55 and charged her with endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person.

The grand daughter decided to install the secret camera after noticing strange bruising on her grandmother's hand and forehead.

Since the nursing home failed to act on her complaints and suspicions, the grand daughter took matters into her own hands. She installed the surveillance device and recorded more than 600 hours of footage. The video allegedly shows the nurse pushing the elderly woman into a metal railing of the bed. Two days later she is seen hitting her twice in the side in the side of her body.

Nursing Home Statistics

Nationwide, there are 1.8 million nursing home beds in 17,000 nursing home facilities and yet overcrowding is a routine problem, according to the American Health Care Association.

In New York City, an estimated 1.2 million residents are over the age of 60 — half a million are older than 75, according to the New York City Department for the Aging.

Rights of Nursing Home Patients

According to the New York State Department of Health, nursing home residents have a right to:

  • Dignity and respect in a comfortable environment
  • Quality of care and treatment without discrimination
  • Freedom of choice and independent decision-making
  • Proper safeguarding of property and money
  • Safeguards in admission, transfer and discharge

Information about Nursing Home Abuse

An estimated 2 million Americans age 65 and older have been mistreated by someone charged with their care, according to the National Center for Elder Abuse.

It is estimated that only about one in five cases of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation is reported and only one in 25 cases of financial exploitation is uncovered.

Signs and Symptoms of Physical Abuse

  • Bruises, black eyes, welts, lacerations
  • Fractured bones, head injuries
  • Open wounds, punctures, cuts, scrapes or bruises in various stages of healing
  • Dislocations, sprains or internal injuries
  • Broken eyeglasses, signs of punishment or restraint
  • Medical overdose or underuse of prescribed medications
  • An elderly resident's self-reporting of being mistreated
  • Changes in behavior
  • Caregiver's or nursing home's refusal to allow visitors to be alone with residents

Signs and Symptoms of Sexual Abuse

  • Bruises around chest or genitals
  • Venereal infections or diseases
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Torn or stained bed clothing
  • An elder resident's self-reporting of assault

Signs and Symptoms of Neglect

  • Malnutrition, bedsores, poor hygiene
  • Untreated health issues
  • Unsafe living conditions
  • Dirty or unsanitary living conditions
  • Self-reported neglect

Source: National Center on Elder Abuse

If you suspect someone you know is being neglected or abused, contact The Law Office of Steven I. Fried for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call our New York nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys who will work with you to determine the best course of action. Call today or schedule an appointment online.

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