Almost every family has had to make the difficult decision of sending a loved one to a nursing home so that he or she can get needed around the clock care or recover from an injury or illness. We expect that the medical staff will treat our loved ones with the utmost care and provide them with the medical treatment and services they need. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse and neglect does occur, leaving families to deal with the consequences of the improper care and treatment rendered to a loved one.
Diana Valentin, granddaughter of Ana Louisa Medina, says that she believed her grandmother was being abused at the Gold Crest Care Center in the Bronx, New York, reported ABC News. Due to suspicion of abused and not satisfied by the response of the Gold Crest Care Center, Diana decided to hide a camera in her grandmother’s room to gain a better understanding of what was happening inside the Bronx nursing home. She states her 89-year-old grandmother’s body. sustained strange marks and bruises.
Diana Valentin said she was shocked at what her hidden camera revealed. Ana Louisa Medina was helpless, unable to defend herself, and being abused by a nurse’s aide at Gold Crest Care Center, said Eyewitness News. Medina suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. “They were telling me she had gotten the bruising on her hands by banging on the bed railing,” Valentin told Eyewitness News.
It was the lack of response from Gold Crest Care Center that prompted Valentin to conceal a camera within the plastic base of a plant in her grandmother’s room. Valentin said she recorded more than 600 hours of footage. The first reveals a nurse’s aide grabbing her grandmother’s arm, twisted it back, lifted her off the bed and slammed her into the bed.
Sandra Kerr, the 55-year-old nurse’s aide, has since been arrested, was charged with endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person, and was released on her own recognizance.
Elder Abuse Warning Signs
If you suspect that the nursing home your loved one resides is abusing him or her, there are common warning signs you can look for. A few of these warning sign are listed below.
- Pressure Marks
- Broken Bones
- Unexplained Withdrawal from normal activities and/or unusual depression
- Poor hygiene
- Unattended medical needs
- Unusual weight loss
Our Michigan elder abuse lawyers represent nursing home residents and their families in lawsuits against nursing homes and residential care facilities. When an elderly person moves into a nursing home, the family places a tremendous amount of trust in the facility and its staff. If the patient is injured or dies due to improper treatment and neglect, that person or his or her family should explore taking action against the facility.
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Contact a Michigan Elder Abuse Attorney
If you or a family member suffered from elder abuse, you should contact our Michigan elder abuse attorneys immediately. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan elder abuse attorneys about your case.