Allegations of abuse or neglect in California nursing homes typically prompt criminal investigations by authorities. When the allegations are determined to be viable enough to pursue further action, criminal charges may be filed. An out-of-state nursing home employee recently pleaded not guilty to charges of endangering a physically disabled person's welfare, a serious crime that involves nursing home neglect.
The incident that prompted the investigation was captured on a surveillance camera. Police who reviewed the video reported that it showed a 68-year-old nursing home resident being pushed to the floor by the social worker. After that, she reportedly kicked the resident's legs and closed the door to the room where the individual had just fallen. There was no indication that she called for medical help.