Sherree Denise James, 43, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) has been arrested for investigation of abusing an elderly resident at the Grace Center Nursing Home where she worked.
The Lufkin Daily News of Lufkin, Texas, reports that James hit and pulled an 83-year-old woman’s hair as she gave her a shower. Two witnesses said they heard the elderly patient crying and pleading with James to quit hitting her. When the witnesses went into the shower room, they saw James pulling the woman’s hair and twisting her ear.
The administration of Grace Center did the right thing, they immediately notified the local police department and filed a report with the state. The nursing home administrator, Pam Humphrey, said:
“We followed all of our policies and procedures. (James) was let go after the incident happened, and she has not been back in this building since. It’s our duty to protect our residents.”
Often times, nursing home employees do not the right thing and alert police when there is a case of suspected abuse. Legally, however, employees or owners of nursing homes, boarding homes or adult family homes are considered Mandatory Reporters and are required by law to report any time they suspect abuse, abandonment, neglect or financial exploitation.
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Nursing home administrator faces kidnapping and elder abuse charges
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