Elder Care Needs More Supervision

From the paper the Calgary Sun comes this story about Elder Abuse. The story says the lack of regulation of senior care staff is a drawback in facilities like the one where a Calgary senior was assaulted by three of his attendants, a city police officer said Friday.

Such workers aren’t bound to standards hospital workers are subject to, said Smiley of the force’s Elder Abuse Response Team (EART).

“At care facilities, it’s up to each organization to set the standard and there can be a high turnover.”

EART, formed in 2011, doubled its staff to four last January after handling 150 investigations last year, said Smiley.

But he said 80%-90% of complaints they receive involve abuse committed by family members, with the majority of it occurring in private homes.

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Caregiver Busted By Hidden Camera

This is a story about a caregiver who was charged with 22 counts of second-degree assault and vulnerable adult abuse. All of these charges come from video that was taken on a hidden camera. According to testimony from the victim’s daughter, her mother was suffering from dementia and would have been unable to remember what happened to her and unable to testify about it.

The daughter installed the hidden camera after she noticed continued unexplained bruises on her mother.

On July 9, the camera captured footage of slapping and kicking Mrs. Dooly, who was 92 years old at the time. The video was not played Wednesday in court.

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Elder Abusers Arrested

As you probably already know, hidden cameras are designed to catch people doing things they shouldn’t be doing. Those include illegal or immoral acts that otherwise would go unchecked. But this week in Tampa Bay a hidden camera as to Winter Haven nursing home caught two nursing assistants committing elder abuse on a 76-year-old Alzheimer’s patient.

The two suspects were later arrested and being held without bail.

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Illinois Latest State To Consider Hidden Cameras In Nursing Homes

According to this story in the Fiscal Times Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan has heard enough elder abuse nightmare stories that she is drafting legislation will be introduced in 2015 that will allow Illinois nursing home residents and their families to put cameras in their rooms to help protect them.

“Residents and family members should have the option, for their own peace of mind, to monitor what is taking place,” said Madigan. “If something goes wrong, you can see what actually happened.”

Four other states -New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington-allow residents to maintain cameras in their rooms. In Maryland, cameras can be placed in a resident’s room, but only if the facility permits them, according to state guidelines.

While no one keeps data on the total number of allegations of abuse or neglect in nursing homes, an August report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s office found that 85 percent of nursing facilities reported at least one such allegation to the agency in 2012. It estimated that about 60,000 allegations involved staffers abusing or neglecting residents.

About 1.5 million people reside in nearly 16,000 nursing homes nationwide at any given time.

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Family’s Hidden Camera Recorded Abuse Of 90 Year-Old

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Here is a story from last week about elder abuse captured on hidden camera.

Members of one Bucks County family, according to police, had suspected that Ruth Reed, 90, a relative with Alzheimer’s disease, was being mistreated at an assisted-living facility. So they bought a “nanny cam” a year ago and moved her to a facility in Yardley.

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“For 10 months, everything at the Arden Courts residential assisted-living facility on Stony Hill Road was fine, police said. But two months ago, Reed’s daughter noticed a bruise on her mother’s head – and, later, bruising near her left eye.

Nine days ago, according to a court document, Reed’s granddaughter saw bruises on Reed’s hands and face. That’s when the camera inside the clock radio in her room confirmed the family’s worst fears.

“The slap was so hard that it was clearly heard on the video,” Lower Makefield Township police said in the document, an affidavit of probable cause to arrest her caregiver.”

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Hidden Cameras In Nursing Homes Spreading

Here is a story from across the pond in England in the Journal called Socialist Health about elder abuses here in the United States. Not that they don’t have them in England-they do.

The gist of the story is a group of eight nurses and nine certified nursing assistants were fired in a New York State investigation that showed neglect of duty and making false records. Patients in nursing homes are among the most vulnerable citizens for obvious reasons. The Atty. Gen. in New York used hidden cameras to reveal the mist treatment of patients in two facilities.

As far as we know Oklahoma was the first state to legalize the use of hidden cameras in nursing homes. Ohio and New York followed suit. It is expected that other states will follow this trend.

In Ohio cameras can only be installed by relatives. Ohio and New York are single consent jurisdictions meaning that if the patient or their legal representative consents to the use of the camera no other consent is needed. However a prosecutor can install a hidden camera without a court order or subpoena and the nursing home or hospital need not be told of the surveillance camera.

We feel this action is long overdue can urge other states to follow. This action may not put an end to elder abuse, but it will send a clear message that if you do abuse patients in a nursing home you will get caught and prosecuted.

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Nursing Home Elder Abuse

This is a story out of the United Kingdom about nursing home elder abuse.

Nursing home elder abuse is a problem everywhere. But this story is about a nurse who was sentenced to four months in jail for treatment of a 92-year-old woman in a nursing home.

The family noticed bruising on their mother’s arms but the management of the nursing home claimed it was due to the medication that the mother was taking. The family didn’t buy into that story and installed a small camera and hid it in her room at the nursing home. The camera had a motion sensor and the footage it captured was viewed by the family.

“The video captured footage of the nurse poking the victim in the head and face, telling her to “shut up” and “shut your mouth” on numerous occasions, and manhandling the victim in a heavy-handed manner.”

When the family showed the video to management they suspended the nurse and called the police. The nurse was subsequently given a four month long sentence which the family was very disappointed in.

Elder abuse in nursing homes-before hidden cameras this was almost impossible to detect and prove. But thanks to spy cameras, evidence is easy to obtain when elder abuse is occurring.

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