Two Nurses Charged with Abuse and Neglect at Iowa Nursing Home
Iowa prosecutors have filed charges against two nurses from a nursing home in Elkader, Iowa, for abuse of a patient that occurred in March. Charges include dependent adult abuse, wanton neglect of a resident of a health care facility and tampering with records.
According to court documents, the two nurses allegedly denied a resident the food, medical care and medications he or she required.
Documents also show the nurses falsified records at the facility to cover up their actions. For example, the nurses noted that they had given the patient the necessary medications even though they had not.
An administrator of the facility stated that she could not comment on this situation, or whether the two nurses who have been charged with nursing home abuse are still employed at the facility.
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Denying a resident food, medications and medical care are just a few examples of nursing home abuse that occur in nursing homes throughout the nation.
Nursing home abuse can also include:
- Physical assault, like hitting, kicking, punching and shoving
- Verbal threats and intimidation
- Neglecting a resident’s personal hygiene
- Leaving hazards in hallways that cause slip and fall injuries
- Ignoring a resident
- Sexual assault
- Stealing a resident’s money or property
- Denying a resident access to his or her bank account
Sadly, a federal investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services found that more than 25 percent of serious cases of nursing home abuse are not reported to police.
If you notice any signs of nursing home abuse, you should report it to the facility immediately. Your next step is to contact our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys for a free legal consultation. We may be able to recover compensation for medical bills and other damages.
We have helped many victims of nursing home abuse recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. We know compensation cannot change what happened but it can help victims and their families as they attempt to move forward with their lives.