A 40-year-old nurse's assistant admitted Friday she abused a patient at
the nursing home where she worked.
She admitted that she struck a patient's buttocks. The patient was bruised and “visibly shaken by the event,”
but “wasn’t seriously injured physically,” according to the prosecuting attorney.
The nursing home's administrator, said that the aide was dismissed
from the center about a year ago.
The aide's name will be added to a registry prohibiting her from working at any care facility which accepts Medicaid for at least five years.
“Providing care to the elderly, mentally handicapped, and even children
can be very demanding and at times difficult work,” said the attorney general. “It takes a special person to work in this field: Someone
with lots of patience and self control. It is best to know and
understand your limitations before working with this population,
because once you’ve raised your hand in anger or frustration to one of
these vulnerable individuals it becomes a crime, and one this office
will prosecute you for committing.” For more, read the story.
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.