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Elderly woman found dead outside nursing home

No one knows how 95-year-old Fannie Mae Rooks ended up outside on the night before Christmas Eve. But somehow her wheelchair had been pushed through the handicapped-accessible doors to the outdoor smoking area at Northgate Park Nursing Home in Florissant, Mo, according to Trading Markets/St. Louis Post-Dispach. Rooks was found dead in the courtyard around 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve. The outside temperature was between 36 and 40 degrees and a light rain was falling. Officials say the cold and rain likely contributed to her death, though autopsy results are pending. Florissant Police Chief William Karabas said it is too ... Read More

Video surveillance leads to more arrests at NY nursing home

Video surveillance from hidden cameras set up in a New York nursing home has lead to more arrests, according to the North Country Gazette. Early last month we reported that four employees of Medford Multicare Center for Living in Medford, NY were charged with criminal neglect after investigators reviewed tapes from video cameras hidden in some residents’ rooms. The videos showed that one patient wasn’t turned and positioned to prevent painful pressure sores or given range-of-motion exercises to keep his muscles from contracting. One patient also didn’t receive water through his feeding tube – his only means of hydration. The ... Read More

New York puts more hidden cameras in nursing homes

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that more hidden cameras will be in stalled in the rooms of some nursing home patients in western New York in an effort to curtail abuse and neglect, according to the Buffalo (New York) News. Earlier this month we told you how hidden surveillance cameras installed at Medford Multicare Center for Living in Suffolk, New York gave the attorney general’s office evidence enough to charge at least four nursing home employees with criminal neglect. New York leads the nation in using hidden video surveillance to investigate whether there is abuse in its nursing ... Read More

Nursing home investigation impacts coroner race

Last month I told you the story of two nurses at Woodstock Residence in Woodstock, Ill., who were charged with criminal neglect and obstructing justice as a result into investigations into murders at the nursing home. Marty Himebaugh allegedly administered drugs such as morphine to calm restless patients and gave overdoses to others she deemed had lived long enough. Complaints made to her supervisor Penny Whitlock were dismissed. It appears the impact of this case is being felt in the McHenry County coroner’s race, according to the Daily Herald. Democratic challenger David Bachmann claims his five-term Republican opponent Marlene Lantz ... Read More

Hidden cameras reveal neglect at NY nursing home

The records kept by LPNs Rima Chaudhry and Toni Miller and CNAs Betty Cheslak and Jacqueline Francis at Medford Multicare Center for Living in Suffolk, NY, showed they did their jobs. They bathed, changed and rotated their patients, followed doctors’ orders for their care. They even took precautions when moving patients to ensure no one was injured in the process. But hidden surveillance cameras set up over a six-week period in some patient’s rooms by the Attorney General’s office told a different story, according to the North County Gazette. The videos showed that one patient wasn’t turned and positioned to ... Read More

Health department stripped of nursing home responsibilities

The Westside Health Care Center nursing home and its adjacent Terrace at Westside residential-care facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, had become known as the home of last resort for the poor and mentally ill. Many of the residents had been kicked out of other nursing facilities and halfway houses. Many had drug addictions or mental illnesses. It seemed as if there was no one else to care for them. A recent investigation has revealed that the residents there were subjected to deplorable living conditions, resulting in the nursing home closing and the Cincinnati Health Department being stripped of its ability to ... Read More

Nursing home deaths were not merciful

A truly disturbing report out of Illinois this week. A series of suspicious deaths at a Chicago-suburban nursing home in 2006, the so-called “mercy killings” of one nurse, now appear to be ruthless murders committed by a caregiver who became “fed up” with certain patients. According to The Daily Herald, a 15-month investigation into the deaths at the Woodstock Residence in Woodstock, Ill., led to the indictment in April of two nurses – Marty Himebaugh of Lake in the Hills, Ill., and her supervisor, Penny Whitlock of Woodstock, Ill. Himebaugh faces charges of criminal neglect, obtaining morphine by fraud and ... Read More