Elder Abuse Alert: Assisted Living Facility Employees Arrested for Running Fight Club for Dementia Patients – New York Daily News

Three women working at a North Carolina assisted living facility allegedly encouraged patients to fight and even filmed it
(Photo from Winston-Salem Police Department)

The New York Daily News shares a disturbing report on elder abuse in North Carolina, where three employees at an assisted living facility were charged with assaulting an individual with a disability after encouraging, and even filming, dementia patients fighting each other.

One employee also allegedly shoved an elderly resident, pushing her “into a room, turned off the light and yelled to the resident to go to sleep, and then closed the door leaving the resident in the dark room,” according to a North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services report.

Neglect Also Included Medication Errors and Poor Training

The Danby House in Winston-Salem was also cited for several deficiencies including failure to administer prescribed medications, failure to audit and review patient charts and lack of proper training among staff members.  The facility is currently not allowed to take in new patients according to local reports.

“This facility is literally a house of horrors created by a lack of supervision and proper staff training,” said John Dalli, partner in the law firm Dalli & Marino, LLP.

“Terrible stories like these reinforce the importance of researching staffing levels before selecting a nursing home, and then visiting your loved ones there as often as you can.”

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