In one recent situation, a worker at a nursing home was fired after being charged with elder abuse for holding a pillow over the face of an 81-year-old patient. The worker was caught when a co-worker heard the resident struggling and went into the room to see the accused holding a pillow over the resident's face. Last year, a worker from the same home was reportedly charged with battery for her treatment of a resident at the home.
Meanwhile, two women in Oklahoma City were arrested for abusing a 96-year-old nursing home resident. According to News 9 (4/17/12), the accused were caught after the family of the resident placed a hidden camera in the resident's room. A police report allegedly states that one of the women is seen on the video slapping the resident in the face with gloves and forcing the gloves into the resident's mouth.
The nursing home has reportedly been cited for not having abuse and neglect policies in the facility.
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Furthermore, none of the nursing homes studied by officials had plans in place to ensure food and water could be transported to evacuated residents, and many of the homes had no plans for transporting large equipment such as wheelchairs. In most cases, there was not even a plan for transporting medications.
USA Today notes that 35 residents of St. Rita's Nursing Home died during Hurricane Katrina, with some drowning in their beds. Although the owners were charged with negligent homicide, a jury acquitted the owners, saying authorities should have ensured the residents were safe.