April 4, 2013
Last Friday, a judge with the Virginia Beach Circuit Court sentenced a 48-year-old woman to more than a year in jail after she pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a case of Virginia Nursing Home Abuse.
The woman had been caring for a 94-year-old woman with dementia for roughly five years when employees with a private home care facility began to suspect mistreatment. Hidden cameras were installed in the victim’s room and caught footage of the accused repeatedly slapping, hitting, and further abusing the victim. The caregiver was charged in July 2011 with abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult.
An article in The Virginian-Pilot revealed that roughly one in three residents of nursing homes are victims of abuse or neglect in the United States each year. This is considered to be a conservative estimate as many cases go unreported. These numbers leave many families wondering how they can better protect their loved ones from such harm.
Industry experts say one of the best ways to keep your family member safe is to hire a licensed home care agency rather than a private caregiver. This ensures standards of accountability are followed. It is also important to ask questions about the care your loved one receives.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm suggest discussing your legal options with a qualified attorney if you suspect your loved one is the victim of abuse.