Hidden Cameras Capture Evidence of Nursing Home Abuse
Hidden cameras have caught shocking evidence of abuse in nursing homes. In North Carolina, a 68-year-old man recovering from a stroke feared being mistreated in his nursing home, and asked his daughter to place a hidden camera in his room. The video revealed horrible abuse.
Nursing Home Staff Berate Resident Instead of Helping Him
Because no one had come to help him go to the bathroom, the man had an accident. The resident slipped off his bed onto the floor and cried for help for over an hour, but nobody came to help him. A staff member looked into his room, but walked away.
Another 15 minutes passed before staff members went into the room; however, instead of picking him up and putting him back on his bed, they berated and insulted him for another 15 minutes before finally lifting him into his bed. Even then, the verbal abuse continued. One staff also told him that it was his fault he was suffering, and he must have done something terrible.
The video was shown on the local news and drew a huge response from people wanting to tell their own stories about their loved ones suffering nursing home abuse. Because of the video, the staff members caught on camera were fired, and the state is investigating.
States Lending Cameras to Family Members to Get Evidence of Nursing Home Abuse
Hidden camera footage is a growing trend, and Wisconsin and New Jersey have recognized how important this kind of video evidence can be in proving abuse. They are providing surveillance cameras for family members who suspect their relatives may be suffering abuse in nursing homes.
Elderly patients with dementia or other cognitive disabilities may have trouble describing abuse or may not even understand they have been abused. Hidden cameras provide evidence and make it harder for abusers to get away with their crimes.
Get Help if You Suspect Abuse
If you have a loved one who is a resident of a nursing home, and you suspect he or she might be a victim of abuse, you can talk to a nursing home abuse attorney to find out what you can do to protect your loved one. Call Garcia, Artigliere & Medby at (800) 281-8515 to find out more about how the law can provide justice for abused nursing home residents.