Another case of abuse of a nursing home patient surfaced this week.
In Glenview, IL, two nursing aides at the Abington of Glenview nursing home apparently mocked a 91 year old patient by repeatedly presenting the woman with a gown that she is known not to have liked or wanted to wear – then posting the video to Snapchat.
Per a Fox Carolina news report, “the video was later posted to Snapchat with the caption, “Margaret hates gowns” alongside two laughing face emojis.”
It’s difficult to watch the video (which can be viewed above or on the Fox Carolina website). Margaret Collins, the patient, tries to push away the gown and protect herself. But she’s immobile and can only try to protect herself by waving the gown away.
The article goes on to say…”the incident happened last December, but the family is now suing the nursing home for more than $1 million in damages. The two nursing assistants, identified as Brayan Cortez and Jamie Montesa, have also been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.”
“Margaret’s privacy was clearly violated,” said John Perconti, attorney for the family. “They had no right to have cell phones in there.”
Just last week, two nursing home assistants near Jacksonville, FL were arrested after a mistreating an 85 year old nursing home patient.
A quick Google search for ‘nursing home abuse news’ will show how prevalent abuse and neglect of the elderly are – especially those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities – not only here in Florida, but around the country.
Read more here:
– CBS News: Nursing home workers accused of taunting 91-year-old woman with dementia in Snapchat video
– Fox News: Outraged daughter speaks out after nursing home staffers allegedly mocked mother who suffers from dementia
Help for Nursing Home Patients and Their Families
If you suspect or know that your loved one has suffered negligent care in a nursing home, we encourage you to contact the Miami attorneys at Baron & Herskowitz.
We can review the situation to determine if any abuse is or was present, and, if so, bring the full weight of our experience and resources to bear as we support you and your family in the pursuit of justice. For more information, please call our office at 305-376-0660.