Friday, September 09, 2011

Nevada closes Las Vegas nursing home after reports of abuse, theft

The state has closed a Las Vegas assisted-living center after charges of elder physical abuse and their money stolen from them.

Residents of the Las Vegas Home Sweet Home, 2615 Lindell Road, were removed and placed in other facilities last week after the state Bureau of Health Care and Compliance suspended the license of the nursing home.
A representative of Las Vegas Home Sweet Home couldn't be reached for comment.
The investigation uncovered cases in which Social Security checks and other funds allegedly were found being deposited into the personal accounts of caregivers. The probe found caregivers took more money than necessary for grocery store purchases and didn't return it to the residents, state officials said.
The state reported there was abuse of an elderly woman who had a shouting match with a manager. Officials said she was dragged down the hallway by her ankles while kicking and screaming.
The woman was removed from the home and Metro Police investigated the alleged physical abuse, the state said.

State closes Las Vegas nursing home after reports of abuse, theft - Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 8:32 a.m. - Las Vegas Sun

CNA charged with theft from 99 year old in nursing home

A CNA was charged with crime after stealing jewelry from two residents at the Ormond Beach nursing home where she worked, police said. Jennifer Lynn Berry, 26, Daytona Beach, was arrested Aug. 18 after police say she confessed to pawning a gold bracelet, wedding band and ring she stole from patients at the Signature HealthCARE of Ormond Beach, 103 N. Clyde Morris Blvd. The items were worth $850, police said.
According to an arrest report, Berry, after being confronted on the thefts, said she found the bracelet on the floor and kept it, but took the rings from the finger of a 99-year-old patient.

Nurse assistant charged in jewelry theft at Ormond nursing home - News

Advocate wants emergency action on nursing care homes

After the death of a personal care home resident who was brain-injured and a state ward, a leading advocate is calling on Gov. Steve Beshear to take emergency action to address the lack of staffing requirements for long-term care facilities.
Bernie Vonderheide, founder of Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, said he is asking Beshear to call an emergency session of the General Assembly or to issue an emergency executive order to establish minimum staff-to-resident ratios for all long-term care homes, including personal care homes and nursing homes.

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