Mar 2, 2019

Mental Abuse

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The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a $2,200 fine to St. Vincent’s Home nursing home after a staff member reportedly slapped a baby doll belonging to a resident who suffered from dementia.  The report alleges that on June 24, an unnamed certified nursing assistant purposefully riled up the resident by taking one of her baby dolls and hitting it.  Who does that?  What kind of sick degenerate is working at this facility?  The report indicates that other staffers did not immediately report the incident per state regulations.

The resident had been diagnosed with dementia, anxiety and depression, and suffered from confusion and short- and long-term memory impairment.  Brian Inman, assistant administrator at the home, said the incident constituted mental abuse. Three certified nursing assistants, including the employee in question, were in the resident’s room to provide care to her roommate. One of her co-workers said that all staff are aware that the resident considered her three baby dolls her children and doesn’t want anyone to touch them.  Another co-worker, who was working his second evening at the facility, said the baby doll, which was the resident’s favorite, was setting on a box of tissues, when the worker grabbed the baby doll and smacked its head in front of the resident telling her co-workers it was “how to keep from being bored during a shift.”

The resident said “don’t do that” and “no” sternly. She grimaced and reached for the baby doll.

“Oh, sometimes we toss her dolls on her bed, and it riled her up,” the CNA in question said during a June 25 abuse investigation interview. “It’s kind of cute but probably not to the resident. Then we have to fix them for her.”

“The employee involved was suspended pending the investigation and then terminated,” Inman said.  What about the other employees who watched it happen and did nothing to stop the sadistic ass?

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