Nursing Home Fires Employee Over Video of Resident

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Jul 13, 2016 in Nursing Home Injury or Death

elderly woman consoledA Wisconsin nursing home fired an employee after finding out that she filmed a resident and showed the video to her co-workers. The former employee of the Golden Living – Three Oaks nursing home will not be formally charged.

The nursing assistant shared the video because she believed it was "cute or funny," according to authorities. The video showed a resident talking.

When the director of nursing found out what the assistant had done, she got in touch with police, who questioned the nursing assistant. The former employee said she did take the video and she had deleted it. Officials at the nursing home fired her immediately.

The family of the resident was satisfied with the employee being fired and decided against pressing charges.

A spokeswoman for the nursing home stated that employees are told to never record or photograph residents without written authorization.

Taking pictures or videos of nursing home residents is a growing problem. People are also posting this type of content to social media. This has become such an issue that the American Health Care Association (AHCA) released a training kit last month to help nursing homes prevent social media abuse. Posting images or videos of nursing home residents to social media is a violation of their privacy.

If your loved one has endured social media abuse or any other kind of abuse at a nursing home, contact the nursing home abuse attorneys at Stewart Bell, PLLC. If your loved one was abused because of the nursing home's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Your loved one deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and that is why we work to hold nursing homes accountable for their negligence. 

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