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Online video reportedly depicts nursing home neglect

Physical and medical care are only two of the many important services that nursing homes and other long-term residential facilities provide. Most elderly residents also require the emotional care and support of staff in order to maintain the best level of health possible while also enjoying their last years. In some instances, ignoring the emotional needs of a patient can constitute nursing home neglect.

A California woman had her certified nursing assistant certification revoked while another individual was suspended following a disturbing video in which a patient was reportedly featured. The video, which was taken at a nursing home and later posted online, apparently showed an elderly female patient suffering emotional abuse from two different employees. The resident suffers from dementia and was partially disrobed in the video.

Officials claim that the video showed both employees mocking the woman as they prepared to give her a shower. One of the women is facing criminal charges for elder abuse as well as invasion of privacy. Although it is unclear why one employee is apparently facing a much more severe consequence than the other, both have since been fired from the nursing home where the incident took place.

For many California families, placing a loved one in a nursing home can be a difficult and emotional process. Learning that a family member has suffered from nursing home neglect instead of receiving the necessary care and support that should have been provided can be devastating, especially for those who have no other options for care. While criminal charges and other consequences filed against offending employees are a step in the right direction, the damages suffered by the victim are most often best compensated through the successful completion of a personal injury claim filed against the employee, nursing home or both.

Source: 10news.com, "Nursing home worker in mockery video charged", Dec. 11, 2015

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