Nursing home staff allegedly filmed themselves harassing a 91-year-old woman
- Abusers job or title:: Nursing Assistants
- Category: US public guardian corruption
- Created: Monday, 12 August 2019 23:49
- Written by NBC News
Family sues over video of nursing home workers taunting 91-year-old.
A 91-year-old woman with dementia was filmed trying to swat away nursing home staff teasing her with a gown.
The family of 91-year-old Margaret Collins, a great-grandmother who has dementia, is suing the Abington nursing home of Glenview, Ill., for more than $1 million in damages.
The lawsuit alleges the nursing home turned a blind eye to a video reportedly showing two workers taunting the woman.
In the video, Margaret Collins appears to be in distress, her arms flailing as she pushes away a hospital gown.
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The 91-year-old was known by workers at the nursing home to dislike hospital gowns.
"She's waving her arms because of one reason: she doesn't have mobility to get away. That's the only option she has to protect herself,” said Margaret Collins’ son Tom Collins.
'Margaret hates gowns'
The video was reportedly posted to Snapchat just before Christmas with the caption “Margaret hates gowns” and two laughing face emojis.
"You're just like, ‘This is somebody's sick idea of entertainment?’” said Margaret Collins’ daughter Joan Biebel.
Two nursing assistants, Brayan Cortez and Jamie Montesa, were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct by Glenview Police in relation to the video.
"Margaret's privacy was clearly violated. They had no right to have cell phones in there,” said the family’s attorney, John Perconti.
Sacked on the spot
The Abington said in a statement that “the privacy and dignity of our residents are of the utmost concern.”
It added Cortez and Montesa were immediately fired after “it was determined that they violated our standards and policies.”
But Margaret Collins’ family alleges the two workers remained on the job for weeks, after they were initially cleared by administrators.
"They violate her safety, her privacy, and then, they do a slow walk to correct the behavior?"
Inflicted with anxiety
Tom Collins said Margaret Collins no longer lives at the Abington.
Her family says the incident left her with anxiety.
A report from the Illinois Department of Public Health said the Abington failed to implement its own abuse prevention policy.
Source : https://7news.com.au/news/court-justice/nursing-home-staff-allegedly-filmed-themselves-harassing-a-91-year-old-woman-c-395751
- Abuser Name or Alias:: Brayan Cortez and Jamie Montesa
- Abusers Organisation:: Abbington Nursing Home
- Type of Abuse:: Emotional, Psychological or Mental
- Matter Resolved?: Ongoing