rosie123 Asked February 2013

Today I found out a CNA threw my paralyzed dad into bed last nite

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My 75 yr old dad has had 3 strokes. he is paralyzed on his right side and has Parkinsons. He was admitted to a nursing home about 6 weeks ago. I found out today from his roomate that a CNA got mad at dad when he asked to be put in bed last nite and picked him up out of his wheelchair and threw him onto his bed. Then she just turned around and left the room. Earlier she had been in and found dad in his wheelchair washing his hands in the bathroom and scolded him for not asking for assistance. She then jerked his wheelchair so hard that dad hit the side of the door frame. She fussed and threw her arms up in the air and just left dad in the middle of his room. I alerted the staff about this as soon as I found out it had happened. In the meanwhile, today dad is very ill with vomiting and diarrhea. He is vomiting green liquid and has a fever. The Dr ordered Xrays and blood test. Dad and his roomie did not know the CNA. But the home has started an investigation. They said it could take days because the CNA that was supposed to be caring for dad is scheduled to be off for 2 days. With these kind of accusations you think they'd talk to her ASAP. I am so upset that I want to have criminal charges brought against her and she needs to lose her license.

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AJcna47 Oct 2013
I just noticed that is is an old thread, but the topic will never be old. The advice I gave can apply to anyone in a full care facility, assisted living facility, receiving care at home, or in an adult day care. It is never ok to accept abuse of the elderly, whether you witness it, experience it, or hear of it. You are the eyes and ears to help keep them safe. If it is a living or day care facility, there will be signs posted all over of a contact phone number (Ombudsmen, state where you live agency) that is a confidential number. If it is an agency that sends a caregiver to your home, a friends home, or has been contracted by someone else, there will be a contact number, to report this type of neglect or abusive care. The most important things are to make sure the person receiving care receives nutrition, liquid, clean bed linen, rotated & repositioned in bed every 2 hours to prevent bed sores, changed briefs or use of a commode or toilet, adl's (dressing, changing, mouth care, bathing), and activities to stimulate their mind. If the person has limited mobility, a gentle range of motion is important. If a person can only dress themselves so far, do not do all the dressing, but have them do what they can, and then assist the rest of the way. This will help their muscles keep some flexibility, along with strength. If a person is in a facility, make sure their call light is always within reach, and tell them, if they need anything at all, to please press that button, no matter how small the request.
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AJcna47 Oct 2013
There are several things that must be done in that situation. First, the Ombudsmen, must be notified at to this major abuse. The Ombudsmen is a number that is listed in several places around the facility to report abuse, neglect, etc, and is completely confidential. Next the administrator, DON (director of nursing) must be notified immediately of this abuse. Then the Charge nurse on duty must be notified immediately that you want an immediate change of that CNA from caring for your father, and that the CNA is not to go into that room where your father is. Third, is legal action. The other items I mentioned before hand are to ensure the safety of your father, which is the most important, and must be done immediately to remove him from harms way. You can also tell the room mate to report anything no matter how small to you, the charge nurse, and if the roommate is capable to call the ombudsmen, and tell the roommate, the CNA will have no knowledge that he reported it, since it is kept strictly confidential.
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kazzaa Oct 2013
Poor you this is just so wrong. I agree call the police asap the NH will have to get things moving quickly then. Seems this is happening a bit too much and something needs to be done NOW. My biggest fear and how distressing for you let us know what happens.
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freshair76 Oct 2013
I don't advise allowing anymore time to go by before you take action. You are not required to wait two days to report abuse to someone other than the NH. The NH doesn't intend to leave themselves unprotected. They will get their ducks in a row. Hopefully they intend to do the right thing by your father but don't bury your head and hope for the best.
There should be an investigation. The NH should not brush these alegations under the rug. As for the CNA, she/he has a license and should not be able to keep it if guilty.
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Roscoe888 Jul 2013
If it were me....I would have taken care 'of business' quickly with the......CNA........is you know what I mean........wink.....wink. No matter if the CNA was male or female......it would have been handled the same way.
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Chicago1954 Feb 2013
I am guessing that you can call the non emergency number for the police and ask them, how to file a complaint for elder abuse. If the nursing home sees an officer come into the room, I bet that they will take action.
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Yogibear Feb 2013
Rosie, I agree with you in wanting to file criminal charges. Can you talk to the police instead of waiting for the employee to get back from her days off? They can start an investigation and the nursing home can do their own. I don't know how it works but would the NH involve the police and file charges or do you have to? Your story has made me sick to my stomach. I feel so badly for your dad and I can't imagine how I would feel if it were to happen to my mom. I would go crazy. Your dad and you are in my prayers. PLEASE keep us posted! Blessings
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linda09 Feb 2013
oh my lord ! if that was my dad u bet i would be raisin all kinds of hell and demand to see the cna ! id be camping in the chair next to my dad ! till i see that cna , that cna sounds like she would posion someone !
jesus ! that cna better hope she never has to meet me !
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