The night manager nurse at a nursing home for dementia patients was fired for cruelly mistreating several patients. The man was found guilty by a nursing and midwifery council professional panel last week after nine allegations of abuse proven during a span from 2007 to 2009. The decision was well received by many family members of residents in the home. The man faced allegations that ranged from verbal abuse, spitting on patients, to physical abuse. The man was reported by five care assistants who worked under him; these individuals also gave evidence of his treatment of patients at the hearing. Some of the evidence revealed included the pulling of one woman by the skirt so violently she was lifted off the ground. Other instances were pulling of hair, physically pushing patients to sit down, as well as undressing one patient before she was in her bedroom. These are not the only accounts of mistreatment by the man. In 2010 he was found guilty of two counts of willfully ill-treating or neglecting a person who lacked mental capacity. For these actions he received a 12 month supervision order and 50 hours of community service.
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It serves as a great relief that the employees working underneath his supervision took the initiative to stop the abuse and report him. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates at least one in 20 nursing home patients has been the victim of nursing home negligence and or injury, and notes the number may be higher. This makes it very important to talk to your loved one about anything that may be going on, as well as being able to identify the signs of neglect or abuse, in case your loved one is too emotionally battered to speak up for themselves. When a nursing home breaches our trust and does not meet the necessary standards of care, serious injury as well as wrongful death can occur.
When a family member or loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, you need an experienced Virginia (VA) nursing home abuse attorney who can protect your loved one's rights, and seek legal and medical compensation from those responsible. If you see signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, take immediate action, our nursing home abuse attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience and are not afraid to aggressively pursue compensation and accountability.
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