When you send a loved one to live in a nursing home, you are asking the nursing home and its staff to care for your loved one who can no longer care for himself or herself. When trusting a nursing home with the care of your loved one, you have the right to expect that the nursing home will treat your family member with dignity and respect.
Unfortunately, some workers at nursing homes have shown that they do not deserve to be trusted with the care of helpless people. Additionally, some nursing homes have willfully ignored reports of abuse. Recently, a man who suspected that his concerns were being ignored decided to collect evidence of nursing home abuse for himself.
Steve Piskor became worried that his 78-year-old mother who suffered from advanced Alzheimer’s disease was being mistreated by staff. He found a red mark on her face and noticed she reflexively raised her arms in self-defense when he approached her. When he informed the administrators of nursing home of his concerns, he was dismissed and told that accidents sometimes happen.
Convinced that something was not right with his mother’s care, Piskor set up a hidden camera inside of a fan in his mother’s room. He even installed a sign that warned workers that a camera was monitoring the room.
Just a few days later, the camera captured evidence of abuse. The camera witnessed a nurse’s aide hitting the defenseless woman in the face, throwing her into the bed, and pushing the woman’s face into a wall. Footage also showed a second employee striking the woman as a fellow employee looked on without doing anything to stop the abuse.
No nursing home patient should have to endure abuse of this type. If you believe that your loved one has suffered abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you have rights under the law. An experienced nursing home abuse and neglect attorney, like New Jersey estate planning attorneys, can help protect your rights and the rights of your loved ones.