For one Bronx woman, visiting her grandmother in the nursing home may have saved the 89-year-old woman's life. The younger granddaughter was visiting her grandmother, the woman who had helped to raise her as a child, when she noticed bruises and other markings on her grandmother's arms and hands. She asked the nursing home staff and they said that her grandmother had been hitting her hands on the bed railings, causing the bruising. The younger woman, however, did not believe them and decided to do what she could to confirm her suspicions that her grandmother was being abused.
The woman placed a hidden video camera into the base of a potted plant, recording considerable hours' worth of video. When she reviewed the video, there were horrific scenes of abuse, claim the granddaughter. She says that her grandmother, who is living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, was injured by a nurse's aide that works at the nursing home. The video purportedly shows the aide twisting the older woman's arms, lifting her by her arms and forcibly returning her to her bed. The nurse's aide has since been fired.
Investigators are looking into the matter and may choose to file criminal charges against individual health care professionals associated with the nursing home. While this can be one part of the granddaughter and grandmother's retribution, they have also filed civil cases against the nursing home, as well. A civil lawsuit within a nursing home abuse case will provide the family with money to help cover medical expenses and new long-term care at a different and safer nursing home.
After viewing the shocking footage, the granddaughter took her grandmother to an emergency room to be checked over. From there she moved her to a new nursing home.
Source: ABC 7, "Woman says grandmother abused at nursing home," Feb. 15, 2013
Nursing home abuse can be one of the worst injuries because the abuser targets some of Albany's most vulnerable individuals. Fortunately, we have worked with many family members whose loved ones suffered neglect or abuse at the hands of nursing home staff members. Find out more about our work by visiting our New York nursing home physical abuse page.