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Nursing Home Abuse in Massachusetts

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Nursing home abuse is said to be on the rise in Massachusetts, and this appears to be borne out by disturbing news about perpetrators actually videotaping themselves in their acts of abuse on their charges. Worse, they thought it was funny.

Two former employees of Emeritus at Farm Pond in Framingham, MA admitted that they recorded slapping and degrading at least two of the residents with Alzheimer’s disease in the assisted-living facility because they thought it was amusing. The two staff members were identified as 18-year-old Damaris Diaz and 25-year-old Samuel Ayekple.

Diaz and Ayekple took turns abusing first a partially naked 78-year-old female resident and then a 71-year-old male. The two were arrested when a report of the abuse reached the Framingham police department and have been arraigned for three counts of elderly assault and battery and two counts of videotaping a person in a state of nudity. Their trial is pending, but the families of the abused residents would do well to consult with a Massachusetts personal injury attorney about filing civil suits against these supposed caregivers.

Another report from a local news team investigated several nursing homes in Western Massachusetts and saw ample evidence of nursing home abuse and neglect including but not limited to improper storage of food, overmedication, inadequate grooming and poor hygiene of residents, unhealthy environments, and inadequate supervision of residents. This is a matter of grave concern for state regulators as well as residents who were horrified upon learning how the elderly were being treated in these facilities.

But nursing home abuse and neglect is hardly a new problem. It is estimated that one in three nursing homes have been cited for violating state codes regarding the care and well-being of their residents. It does not excuse it, but it is a strong indication that those who have relatives in such facilities should be vigilant about their situation.

If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect of your elderly relative, do not hesitate to report it to the proper authorities for investigation. You may also want to consult with a nursing home abuse lawyer in the area to find out your legal rights and options.

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