A Cleveland woman who worked as a nursing assistant at a nursing home has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for abusing an Alzheimer's patient.
The abuse was captured by the patient's son through a video camera hidden in an air purifier. The video showed the nursing assistant, “roughly transferring [the patient] to a wheelchair and tossing her on a bed.”
As a Chicago area attorney with extensive nursing home experience, I feel that unfortunate events like this are far too prevalent and demonstrate the pressing need for greater supervision of nursing home employees. Nursing homes must implement improved systems of employee surveillance to protect their vulnerable residents and immediately put a stop to abuse when it occurs.