Nursing Home Nightmare Caught on Hidden Camera

It’s every family’s nightmare. Dale Wilson was visiting his 79-year-old father at the Palm Garden Nursing Home n Winter Garden, Florida, when he noticed unexplained bruising. Suspicious, he set up a hidden camera in his father’s room. What he found was horrifying.

Two Certified Nursing Assistants, Yashika Zenobiaha Jones, 28, and Rose Dorlean Blaise, 35 can be seen battering the elderly man, who is an Alzheimers patient. MyFoxPhilly continues the story:

Police cited the video and interviews with other staff members regarding three specific incidents that happened over a timespan of three weeks:

On Oct. 7, Jones was rubbing her hands on the victim’s face and making punching motions to agitate him. There is another nurse in the room.

On Oct. 16, Blaise appears to lunge at the victim as he gets agitated and flails his arms. In a police report, it says the woman used her legs and feet to stomp on his bare feet or kick him in the leg.

On Oct. 24, Jones again is seen making punching motions at the man. She also grabs his wrists, uses his fist to punch himself in the face, and slapped him in the face, police said.

Jones is facing two counts of battery of an elderly person, though she denied the accusations. Blaise is charged with one count of battery on the elderly; she declined to comment when questioned by detectives.

Both are in the Polk County jail being held without bond.

“I said I had no idea what was happening to you,” Wilson said of his conversation with his dad. “I know there were people in here being mean to you. They can’t be mean to you anymore. They’re gone. I promise. We’re going to look out better and make sure this never happens to you again.”

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is far from rare. A congressional study says reports of serious sexual, physical and verbal abuse are “numerous” in American nursing homes. The study was prepared by the minority staff of the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee. It finds that 30 percent of the country’s nursing homes, 4,283 facilities, were cited for nearly 9,000 instances of abuse during the two-year period from January 1999 to January 2001.

Issues cited most often included untreated bedsores, malnutrition and dehydration, substandard medical care and sanitation, and preventable accidents. In 1,601 of the cases, the violations were substantial enough “to cause actual harm to residents or to place the residents in immediate jeopardy of death or serious injury.”

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