Nursing home abuse can, and does, happen at nursing homes across the US. In Minnesota, two aides were sentenced to two years probation and 180 days in jail for abusing nursing home residents. In all, six women who worked at the Good Samaritan Society-Albert Lea nursing home faced charges connected to abuse allegations. Four of the women, however, were charged as juveniles for failure to report suspected abuse.
According to the Austin Daily Herald (10/14/10), two of the women faced charges of elder abuse related to at least six victims. Among the charges were fifth-degree assault by a caregiver to a vulnerable adult, criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult and criminal abuse involving sexual conduct.
The abuse allegedly occurred between January and May 2008.
Meanwhile, a nursing home in Nevada settled a wrongful death lawsuit, filed after a patient died of severe dehydration and infection. According to RGJ, a news source from northern Nevada (12/14/10), the nursing home was at first unable to provide any documentation proving that the victim received medical care between March 23, 2008 and March 27, 2008. On March 27, 2008, the patient was transferred to the hospital with severe dehydration. Later, when documentation about the patient was provided by the nursing home, it claimed the patient was entertaining guests in the nursing home when she was actually in the hospital, dying.
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Family members help their loved ones move into Illinois nursing homes believing that they will receive the best care possible. While this is true of many nursing homes, there are staff members—and administrators—at other nursing homes who are less concerned about the overall well-being of residents. In these situations, it can sometimes fall to family members to ensure their loved one's rights are protected and to prevent this abuse from happening to other residents.