Six people who were employed by the Valley View Skilled Nursing Facility in California were arrested and face misdemeanor charges of injury to elder or dependent adult; battery committed on elder or a dependent adult; conspiracy; and battery committed while on hospital property.
The employees, who were all fired from the facility, allegedly lubricated dementia patients with a lubricant so that they were slippery and difficult to handle for the workers on the next shift.
The California State Attorney General’s office said seven elderly patients were smeared with ointment from “head to foot.”
According to a report by News10.net, four employees were directly involved in the abuse and two others failed to report it.
The Attorney General’s office identifies the people charged as Jenny Bido, 26, Christina Guerrero, 30, Jared Buckley, 29, Jennifer Burton, 33, Kathleen Phillips, 23 and Monica Smith, 51.
This is an example of a breach of the nursing home’s contract with the patients and their families. The nursing home did the right thing by firing the employees and the Attorney General’s office made the right call in prosecuting the abusers.
Nursing home neglect and abuse can take many forms and any one that suspects that a loved one or a person in they know is being neglected or abused should contact the proper authorities.