We write about a lot of nursing home abuse cases where the facilities are the cause or enabler of the abuse. The administrators at Wesleyan Nursing Home in Georgetown, Texas, however, acted quickly and appropriately at the first sign of abuse with one of their certified nursing assistants.
Frustrated Nursing Assistant Pushes Patient
Ella Jean Moorer is facing a charge of Injury to the elderly, disabled reckless bodily injury for an incident where she injured an 88-year-old patient who has severe Alzheimer’s. According to other staff members of the nursing home, Moorer was trying to change the patient’s clothes when he resisted… “She then became frustrated and grabbed the elderly man’s upper arm, pushed him towards the toilet, put him in a head lock and tried to force him to the toilet with her hand on his chest”. The man later complained of chest pains and had bruising on his upper arm. Moorer denied the incident to the nursing home administrators. She was put on administrative leave and later fired. According to facility administrator Timothy Stuteville:
“This was the first event of its kind with her, so we took it very seriously and we notified the agencies that we needed to notify… We take a lot of pride in the care that we provide for over 200 seniors. And so we won’t tolerate anything but the best for them.”
Caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia is not easy, especially because they can often be combative toward caretakers. Since it can at times be frustrating, it is very important for these workers to be knowledgeable of the diseases and very patient. It is good to see a nursing home take the appropriate action at the first sign of abuse with their employees. There are too many facilities that look the other way when it comes to elder abuse and do not report the incidents to the authorities. Moorer was arrested in Williamson County and her bond was set at $7,500.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility and 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.