Resident Assaults Caught on Video Lead to Citations for Minnesota Nursing Home
Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Apr 08, 2016 in Nursing Home Injury or Death
Hidden cameras in a Minnesota nursing home captured appalling assaults on several elderly residents. The footage of the nursing home abuse led to the dismissal of ten facility employees, two of whom are facing criminal charges for their role in the assaults.
Citations have also been filed by state regulators against the facility, St. Therese of New Hope Nursing Home, as well as five additional employees.
In the summer of 2015, the daughter of an elderly resident became suspicious of the injuries her father had sustained. When she questioned the staff of St. Therese of New Hope about his injuries, no reasonable explanation was given. She then decided to install hidden cameras in her father’s room, which captured a horrific instance of abuse and neglect.
According to an investigative report released by the Minnesota Department of Health, the hidden cameras caught two staff members physically beating the woman’s father and two other elderly residents. Investigators say other staff members witnessed the abuse when it occurred in June of 2015, yet they did not immediately report it, which is a violation of Minnesota law.
When facility supervisors learned of the abuse, the two employees involved were suspended, yet there was no investigation into whether they had been abusive toward additional residents.
Hidden Cameras Provide Critical Evidence
Hidden cameras installed in residents’ rooms have played a crucial role in uncovering abuse and mistreatment of the elderly. Many seniors living in nursing homes suffer cognitive disabilities and have difficulty communicating, which may prevent them from reporting abuse or speaking about it to family members.
With regards to the abuse uncovered at St. Therese of New Hope, the hidden cameras captured critical evidence that exposed the abuse of victims who were cognitively impaired and could not supply information about the incidents.
In a sense, hidden cameras act as a resident’s “voice” and calls attention to the neglect, abuse and injustice they are subjected to by the very people who were trusted to provide them care.
If you suspect your elderly loved one is being abused or neglected by nursing home employees, the compassionate nursing home abuse attorneys at Stewart Bell, PLLC will fight to hold negligent nursing home staff accountable and assist you in recovering the compensation your elderly loved one deserves.