While this recent incident happened a few states away in South Carolina, it certainly serves as a reminder that nursing home mistreatment can happen anywhere – and when you least expect it.
As attorneys working with victims and loved ones here in Florida who were injured in a nursing home or assisted living community, Baron & Herskowitz asks that – if you have a family member living in a nursing home – that you keep a watchful eye over their personal health and the room in which they are staying.
The Miami Herald reports that, “a man was suspicious his 89-year-old mother was being mistreated at a South Carolina nursing home where she lived after finding she suffered a number of injuries. Afraid his mother was being abused by employees, he hid a camera in her room at Rolling Green Village Memory Care Assisted Living in Greenville, S.C.
Unfortunately, what the man found was shocking. Two staff members, identified as Diana Rochelle Garrett and Stephanie Ann Lowden, were in fact abusing his mother. The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, after initially investigating the woman’s abuse at the hospital, were also shown the videos the son had taken.
The videos apparently show Garrett and Lowden physically and psychologically abusing the elder woman.
Nursing home abuse, mistreatment and neglect are more common than we’d like to believe and our lawyers have heard some awful stories and first hand accounts of the abuse that takes place in Florida nursing homes.
Our goals is to help victims and their families hold individuals and nursing home companies responsible for their actions. If you or someone you know has been a victim of abuse, we’d like to hear your story.
Please call the law offices of Baron & Herskowitz today.