Many adult children in Wyoming lament the fact that they are unable to visit their elderly parents in nursing homes as often as they would like. Busy lives and other logistics make visiting several times a week nearly impossible. Allegations of nursing home negligence have some families gravely concerned. One can only imagine the horror of entrusting the care of a loved one to experienced nursing staff only to have that loved one suffer abuse at the hands of care providers.
Shocking and disturbing videos acquired after a hidden camera was installed inside the room of a nursing home patient apparently shows a staff member physically abusing a 94-year-old man. The man suffers from dementia and is not able to speak. The film allegedly shows a care provider forcefully trying to get the man out of bed.
During the alleged disturbance, the man can be seen in the video falling into a chair, and it also shows the nursing assistant hitting the elderly man on the head. The staff member was reportedly also filmed pouring mouthwash all over the man. Sadly, the elderly gentleman died due to complications associated with third degree ulcers that his family members believe were caused by the alcohol in the mouthwash.
At least six states throughout the nation now allow video monitoring in the rooms of nursing home patients. Some say such surveillance may help deter nursing home negligence because video evidence of abuse makes prosecution far more likely. An immediate family member of an injured nursing negligence victim in Wyoming may also seek justice in a civil court against any and all parties deemed responsible for a loved one's injuries or death.
Source: local10.com, "Hidden cameras show apparent abuse inside South Florida nursing homes", Jeff Weinsier, Nov. 13, 2017