Nursing home employee charged with patient abuse

Shawna Hardesty, 37, of Buffalo City, Wis. Is charged with felony intentional abuse of a nursing home patient. According to a report in the Winona Daily News, Hardesty punched a 93-year-old patient several times in the head leaving the patient with a large bruise.

Hardesty allegedly punched the woman numerous times . According to the woman, “Every time she comes in this room, I get a biff.”

Hardesty was a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at St. Michael’s Lutheran Home in Fountain City. She apparently was suspended after the elder abuse was reported and later fired.

The Lutheran Home administrator, Dean Dixon, said that the CNA job is stressful and every couple of years, there are reports of patient abuse in the home. Said Dixon:

“There will be times when things happen,” Dixon said. “We all wish it wouldn’t happen at all, but in the real world it does happen.”

CNA’s are people who are trained to assist patients with activities of daily living and providing bedside care under the supervision of a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Registered Nurse.

Nursing home abuse or neglect hurts some of the most vulnerable adults in our society. Abuse can result in serious injuries and sometimes death. Symptoms of nursing home abuse or neglect can include broken bones, unexplained bruises, dehydration, bedsores, medication errors, infections, sexual abuse and physical abuse.

Employees of nursing homes, nurses, doctors and others are considered Mandatory Reporters and they are legally obligated to report any signs of abuse or neglect.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one has died due to nursing home abuse or negligence, contact The Farber Law Group, a law firm that specializes in nursing home abuse and neglect. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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