A 72-year-old nursing home employee, Pierre Obas, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of “abuse, neglect and mistreatment of a person” reports LoHud.com, New York’s Lower Hudson Valley news source. According to the report, Obas surrendered his nurse aide’s certificate and is banned from working in a nursing home for one year after an incident of neglect of a patient in May of 2008.
Obas’ guilty plea came about after the Waterview Hills Rehabilitation and Nursing Home camera recorded Obas tying a 83-year-old patient to her wheelchair with a bed sheet and then turning off the lights and taking a nap. The helpless woman languished while Obas slept.The only time when a nursing home is permitted to restrain a patient is upon doctor’s orders and only to prevent a frail or disabled person from slipping from the chair. Bed sheets, in particular, are not proper restraining devices because they could suffocate a patient.
Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms including improperly restraining a patient. Some nursing homes are inadequately staffed or they do not have employee screening and training and so the residents and elderly person are neglected or suffer. Other forms of nursing home abuse can include bedsores, broken bones, dehydration, aspiration pneumonia, exposure after a resident has wandered off or even physical or sexual abuse.
If your loved one has been neglected or abused in a nursing home, you should contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in nursing home law. The Farber Law Group has more than 40 years experience representing nursing home residents and their families. With our help, your loved one can be assured of getting the care they deserve.