It is alarming how many cases of nursing home abuse go unreported and how many nurses, direct care workers, caretakers, and nursing home employees get away with this abuse without punishment. Physically, verbally, financially, or sexually abusing an elderly or disabled person is unacceptable and should never be tolerated by other staff members or the administrators of nursing homes. The elderly are normally at their most vulnerable when they are living in a nursing home or long-term care facility. They depend on the staff of these facilities to care for them and have their best interest in mind. This is what makes nursing home abuse even more disgraceful; they are abusing their position as caretakers to take advantage of the elderly.
RN Caught Physically and Verbally Abusing Patients
Myrna Siegel, a former registered nurse at the Sullivan County Adult Care Facility in Liberty, New York, is being charged with abusing patients. She has surrendered her license to practice as an RN after an investigation by the State Office of Medicaid Inspector General uncovered the abuse. She is being charged with physically and verbally abusing patients. According to a report from the Long Term Care Community Coalition, “In one instance she forcibly held down a resident while giving care, calling the resident an ‘evil witch’.” In another case of abuse, she told a resident who was not ready to receive his medication that “he had a death wish and was going to die if he didn’t take his medicine.”
As nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers, it is good to see that Myrna Siegel did not get away with abusing her patients and that her license was revoked so she cannot continue to hurt other elderly residents. Too many cases of elder abuse go unreported, but we can be proud when the system does work and the abusive caretakers are removed from nursing homes and facilities.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility, we encourage you to visit frequently and be very observant of any scratches, bruises, or anything that does not look right. If you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.