October 19th, 2015| Elder abuse is a serious problem in California’s long-term care system. In fact, the California nursing home abuse lawyers at Berg Injury Lawyers recently learned of an incident in San Diego County where two caregivers exploited a dementia patient by filming her while nude and posting the video to social media. ABC 10 News says the incident occurred at LifeHOUSE Healthcare Center. Reports indicate the victim was preparing to take a shower when two caregivers began to record the victim on a cellphone. Both workers were said to be laughing at the woman throughout the video uploaded onto the social media network, Snapchat. A screenshot of the video was captured and was sent to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office to be investigated further. Both workers were confronted about the incident by LifeHOUSE management, and both employees were suspended without pay from their positions with the company while the investigation is being conducted. This isn’t the first instance of a patient being harmed by caregivers at LifeHOUSE. The facility settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of a patient who died while under the care of the facility’s staff. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we believe in protecting elderly citizens from the risks of abuse and neglect. That’s why our California personal injury attorneys suggest following these tips if your loved one is living in a nursing home:
- Be Present– Patients who have regular visitors are less likely to become the victims of abuse.
- Be Vigilant– Keep an eye out for signs of abuse, such as changes in behavior and unexplained bruises or cuts.
- Be Active– If you suspect your loved one is being abused, don’t hesitate to take action and report the case to the proper authorities.