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The Reel Truth: Senior’s Home Abuse Caught on Camera

Nurse abusing resident with dementia
PREVENTING ELDER ABUSE VIDEO: How trustworthy are care facilities? Care professionals are self-sacrificing, hard-working and compassionate. Yet, one careless moment can quickly snowball into elder abuse. Watch this true story. (Video)

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September 18, 2019 3:38 pm

I placed my husband in a national senior housing memory care facility. After four days, he was sent to the hospital for a psych evaluation because he was "unmanageable". He had advanced Alzheimer's and I had care for him alone at home for four years. In hindsight, what did I really expect from caregivers with 16 hours of dementia training and barely paid minimum wages? He died a few days later. These places are going up on every corner in Florida because they are cash cows for the owners. Quality of care is secondary to profit. BE VERY CAREFUL IF YOU PUT YOUR LOVED ONE IN A FACILITY. These places need WAY more oversight than they currently receive.

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Unknown
September 17, 2019 2:38 am

I totally agree. My husband was in a rehab nursing home this summer and it was awful. They had him lay in his own feces for an hour before they came in to take are of him. This after my requesting that he be changed over & over again. On another occasion he was left alone in the bathroom with no one to watch him. My husband suffers from alzheimer and needs someone with him while in the bathroom. Another time he was on the toilet bowl and an aide was cleaning him with his own feces that was in the toilet bowl water. My daughter witness this after walking in to the bathroom. Still another time he was served chicken with bones mixed in with the chicken. If I didn't step into the dinning room god knows what would have happened to him. We live in New York and the location of this place is in Queens. It's run by the carmalite nuns. This place is truly a disgrace. I would not recommend it to anyone.

Anonymous
Anonymous
January 29, 2018 12:00 pm

The camera shows a very poorly trained caregiver. The caregiver does not seem mean or abusive…just utterly untrained. And that IS the responsibility of the home and administrator in question.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Anonymous
October 21, 2018 5:17 pm

That was my thoughts.Also working alone.It didn't look like abuse to me but could be a situation that can be learned from and better handled next time.Many people I know have had falls in their own homes.

Justin L. Brown
Justin L. Brown
February 23, 2016 4:24 pm

From an outside point of view, certain families might look commendable, very like a good example, however this might be a long way from reality. The truth of the matter is that there are typically a few sorts of contentions, difficulties and contentions inside of any family, whether huge or little. Mint family member

mindnhealth
mindnhealth
March 5, 2015 3:10 pm

Last week I moved my mom out of a beautiful new facility because of abuse. Falls that only occurred in her bedroom unwitnessed. So many bruises and arm abrasions and when they appeared on her jaw bilaterally, I knew without a doubt that she was a victim of reckless care and likely abuse. We are all happier now that we moved her to a place where love and compassion are in full operation. We talked about cameras but never did it. If I had, I would have gone public. this is the only way to document and be believed. I reported all the way to the corporate level and to licensing. We had to move her to protect her.

Anonymous
Anonymous
February 16, 2015 8:43 pm

should I sue my schooling for teaching me the wrong way to spell real reel … ?

Anonymous
Anonymous
February 13, 2015 1:40 am

As both a family member of former loved ones and a long time professional caregiver and former CNA in nursing homes, I'm appalled that this obviously strong caregiver was so ill trained in safe transfer. A well trained and credited CNA would have been able to safely transfer this little lady into the bed by pivot in a way that would have been gentle and respectful and it would have been much faster as well. We were taught and used techniques for every type of body weakness and condition that allowed for dignity and total safety. It is not okay to handle people like this. This video enrages me.

Anonymous
Anonymous
February 7, 2015 6:15 pm

I think if the nursing homes were better staffed a lot of these things would not happen. I work at a nursing home with 33 residents on each floor and during the day there are 4 PSWs working and in the evening 3 PSWS, on nights 2 PSWs on each floor. Please tell me how it is possible to offer all of these residents proper care with such few people? The fall and in the way it was handled in this video is completely unacceptable but some of the other things mentioned by the residents daughter in the video like her clothes are put over her nighty on her bath day? I would like to mention that each resident is entitled to 2 baths per week so its not like this would happen frequently but this is something that has to be done so that all of the residents can go to bed on time. 3 people getting 33 residents ready for bed between 6 PM and 9 PM is IMPOSSIBLE. Sometimes we need to shortcut like this until we have enough staff to provide all of these residents with proper quality care. I'm sure she would have been much more pissed off if she came to the nursing home at 10 PM and her mother was still sitting in her wheelchair since 5 pm (the last meal time). Not to mention that we have sick calls and sometimes are left with 2 staff in the evening for 33 residents…… so there's so much more to it than this video.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Anonymous
October 21, 2018 5:05 pm

I agree with you. Caring is difficult at times especially with non co-operative residents.It's also demanding and very stressful.Carers are only human at the end of the day.They not Saints.In this video the carer was working alone.Often Carers work in teams especially where lifting is needed.Falls are common and can happen anytime.Also in hospitals,outside or in a persons own home.Obviously abuse is wrong but also perhaps the expectations of Care and how good it can be is too great.Most times the reason the person is in the care home is because the family could not cope with the care giving role but always easy to point a finger and criticise others.I'm a carer in my own home and things don't always go as smoothly as one would like but at heart the best is done.We always hear things from the side of the person cared for and never from what Carers have to endure.

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