Thursday, September 02, 2010

Richmond nurse aide sentenced in nursing home abuse case

A former nurse's aide at Richmond Health and Rehabilitation Complex (Madison Manor) nursing home was sentenced Thursday for neglecting to feed a patient in 2008, Attorney General Jack Conway said.

Conway's office prosecuted Amanda Sallee, of Richmond, who pleaded guilty in March in Madison Circuit Court to charges of wanton abuse and neglect of an adult.

Sallee was sentenced to one year in prison. The sentence will be diverted for a period of five years if she maintains good behavior and does not work with vulnerable adults or children; in the health care industry; or for a Medicaid or Medicare provider.

She must also perform 100 hours of community service and cooperate fully in further investigations involving Madison Manor Nursing Home.

Sallee is the third nurse's aide convicted of abusing resident Armeda Thomas.

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Richmond nurse's aide is sentenced in nursing home abuse case

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Portland Nursing Home Faces Neglect Citation

The state of Maine has cited St. Joseph's Manor for neglect and mistreatment after maggots were reportedly found on a patient.

St. Joseph's Manor is disputing parts of a state report that cites the Portland nursing home for neglect and mistreatment, after maggots were reportedly found on a patient's body.

Representatives of Saint Joseph's Manor will meet with state officials September 9th to discuss the report, says Catherine Cobb, director of Licensing and Regulatory Services for the state.

"There were a number of citations, and they will present what evidence they want to say, 'We disagree that this was a deficient practice,'" Cobb says. "If there is any merit to their arguments, we could potentially change a citation, we could keep it, we could change it, we could drop it. That will depend on the evidence."

Cobb says the outcome of the meeting will help determine whether St. Joseph's will be able to have Medicare patients, and what kind of penalties the federal government would impose on it. In the meantime, St. Joseph's is required to follow an action plan to prevent larvae infestation among patients.

The nursing home says the incident was an isolated one.

Woman enters guilty plea in nursing home abuse case

ALBERT LEA, Minnesota— Brianna Broitzman this morning has pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly conduct by a caregiver.

The counts are all gross misdemeanors.

She entered an Alford plea in Freeborn County District Court. An Alford plea assert innocence but admits the prosecution has enough evidence to convict, usually for more severe charges.

Broitzman, 21, is one of six young women who faces charges of abuse of residents at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea from January through May 2008. She and co-defendant Ashton Michelle Larson have been charged as adults.

Four others have been charged as juveniles because they were under 18 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Broitzman’s jury trial was scheduled to begin Aug. 23 in Olmsted County. However, her plea of guilty cancels that.

Broitzman and her lawyer gathered this morning in Freeborn County Attorney Craig Nelson’s office for a meeting, then later the plea was entered in Freeborn County District Court.
Albert Lea woman enters guilty plea in nursing home abuse case

Alleged Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Not Reported to Victim's Family

The Lexington Herald Leader reported earlier this month that the operator of Hazard Nursing Home and the facility's administrator are facing criminal charges for failure to report alleged sexual abuse against an elderly resident. According to the Kentucky newspaper and a summary of the alleged incident from the state attorney general's office, a male resident of the facility blocked the victim in his room in August 2009.

Nursing home staff later found the victim, who was reported to have been exposed to semen. The male resident's penis was exposed, according to the report.

The same victim was sitting in the hallway of the home last year when, within sight of a nursing supervisor and other staff members, a male resident walked up and ejaculated on her face.

The 88-year-old victim suffers from Alzheimer's.

The incident, it is alleged, was never reported to the victim's family. What's more, the latter incident was not contained in the attorney general's report, but rather was revealed as the result of a deposition from nursing home staff during an unrelated wrongful death investigation.

A statement issued from the office of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway earlier this month noted that the administrator of the facility, who was also acting on behalf of the operator of Hazard Nursing home, "was made aware of the suspected sexual abuse of a patient by another patient on Aug. 8, 2009, and failed to report the suspected abuse to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services" as required by state law.

Alleged Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Not Reported to Victim's Family

La. Nursing Home Accused of Abuse

Elderly Abuse in long term care facilities is a serious problem that affects hundreds of thousands of elderly people across this country. It is widely under reported and as TV10 recently found out it can happen anywhere.

When your loved one is in a care facility the last thing you expect is for those trusted with their vital needs to be the ones contributing more pain and suffering. But, TV10 found out from one family in Mamou, that can't be taken for granted.

Every day Mary Francis Howard looks forward to a visit from her family. After several strokes she now resides at Savoy Care Center in Mamou. Her docile nature and smiling face make her well liked by everyone who meets her. So when Pamela Bolfa went to visit her mother in law Friday morning, they were shocked to see what condition she was in.

"I came down to check her out and that's when I discovered massive bruising and contusions on her head."

The beating happened between 6 pm Thursday and 6:00 am Friday morning. The center submitted an internal incident report citing, minor bruising, on the face. The family reported it to Mamou Police who are conducting an investigation.

Nursing Home Accused of Abuse