A 53-year-old nurse’s assistant at a nursing home in St. Johns County was arrested April 13 and charged with elderly abuse after he apparently held a pillow over the face of an 81-year-old female patient.
A co-worker allegedly overheard the woman screaming outside the room at 2:30 a.m. After opening the door to assist with the problem, the co-worker apparently witnessed the accused holding a pillow over the face of the victim.
The co-worker claims the accused threw the pillow at the headboard after being spotted.
The incident was reported to a nursing supervisor who then contacted police.
The accused was booked into the St. Johns County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.
Retirement homes, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have a duty to provide for the physical and medical care of their residents. This includes protecting residents from unnecessary harm. When these facilities and their staff fail to provide a proper standard of care, injury, serious illness and death can occur.
Nursing home abuse can come in many different forms, from intentional physical abuse to careless treatment leading to broken bones, bedsores and unexplained bruises, burns and cuts. Elderly mistreatment may also encompass the following:
The Florida Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Whittel & Melton encourage everyone to keep a close watch on the seniors in their life. Unfortunately, this includes watching for signs of abuse at long-term care facilities as well as among the elderly that reside at home under someone else’s care. If any problems are identified, the top priority should be to remove the senior from the unsafe settings. Following this, all legal options should be taken into account so that the senior can recover for the suffering they experienced.
If you fear that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home or similar facility throughout the state of Florida, contact the Florida Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Whittel & Melton online or reach us statewide and toll-free at 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).