Former Nursing Home Aide Caught on Camera Abusing Patient

A former nursing home aide has been sentenced to 20 months in jail after a hidden camera caught her abusing a paralyzed stroke victim at the nursing home facility earlier this year.

The woman, took the sentence as part of a plea agreement. Police arrested her in July on charges of felony abuse.She will serve her entire sentence behind bars, because parole is not an option for felons in her state.

 Earlier this year, the patient reported to her husband that she was being mistreated. The nursing home launched an investigation, but according to the police, the resident's dementia prevented her from identifying her abuser. Video of the aide physically abusing the woman surfaced after the woman's husband placed a camera in her room, the report stated. The camera captured two separate occasions where the nursing home employee was abusing the woman.

During one incident in June, the employee forced the woman out of her wheelchair, striking her three times on the arm before slinging her onto her bed. The force caused the woman to hit her head on the headboard. During another incident recorded in July, the employee picked up a doll the woman had in her lap and struck her with it in the chest. The nurse aide then wheeled the woman to her bed and "roughly" placed her in it, causing her again to hit her head on the headboard, the report stated.

The former employee at first denied laying a hand on the woman, but after being confronted with the video changed her story, blaming the assaults on the paralyzed woman. She said she was protecting herself, and that the woman had hit her several times in the past, with no one responding to her reports, according to police records. For more, read the story.
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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.