Nurse's aide pleads guilty in nursing home abuse case

Abusive conduct by nursing home staff members towards nursing home patients can cause Albany nursing home patients a great deal of harm. No nursing home patient should ever be subjected to physical abuse, and if they are, the nursing home and the employees responsible should be held accountable for their actions. New York nursing home residents do not lose their rights simply because they need assistance with daily living tasks.

Recently, a nurse's aide pled guilty in a tragic nursing home abuse case. Until the story broke about her horrific treatment of a nursing home resident, the aide's supervisors and personnel file indicated that the woman was an excellent employee. Now, however, the woman and a colleague are being criminally prosecuted for their abusive behavior.

The woman was accused of having committed abuse against a nursing home patient. It was alleged that the woman committed a variety of types of abusive conduct against the resident, including tossing her onto a bed in a violent fashion.

The abuse was reportedly caught on tape by a hidden camera that had been put in the patient's room by her son.

The aide was charged with multiple counts of felony patient abuse, and after presented with the evidence compiled against her, she pled guilty to these charges. She admitted to a repeated pattern of abuse against one specific resident. The woman could be sentenced to over 10 years in prison.

While this staff member has pled guilty to criminal charges and another will be tried in January for similar acts of physical abuse against the same woman, this does not compensate the resident and her family for the pain and suffering the woman endured. Whenever this type of abuse occurs, it is important to work with an attorney who can explain your legal rights under New York nursing home abuse law.

Source: WKYC, "Investigator: Nurse's aide faces 10 years for patient abuse," Tom Meyer, Nov. 28, 2011

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