Id like to start by saying I am not the one being accused of abuse. My mother works as a nurses aide in 2 different nursing home facilities. The first one, she has worked at for over 22 years and the second for ~5ish. Up until now, she has never been accused of abuse or neglect and is often complimented and receives cards from family members in the mail. She takes pride in how well she treats her patients when the other NA's don't really care. Recently, a newly hired NA has accused her of slapping a patient and my mother has been suspended pending a review. This has all occurred over the past 3 or 4 days.
Now, this is my mother, so people will expect me to be bias but if I am to be honest, her side of the story leaves me with a lot of questions and doubts as it keeps changing. I don't believe she hit the patient but I do believe she is suffering from anxiety and depression over the accusation and is unable to clearly tell her side of the story. She is in tears for most of the day and can barely operate.
What I know; both her and the NA were in the same room, they both left at the same time and on the way out she patted a patient (maybe a bit too rough?) and the other NA believes that she had hit a patient.
What I don't know; How hard was the pat? Did it leave a welt or a mark? How far away was the other NA to hear this? Did this event even occur? What is the relationship between my mother and the other NA? Is the other NA an honest person or just causing trouble?
Personally, I feel most NA's that work at these nursing homes are scumbags and shouldn't be employed. Iv met them, I don't like them, I wouldn't trust them. The nursing homes she works at are bottom of the barrel and hire virtually anyone (most the time, they cant even speak English) and then fire them. She only sticks around due to seniority. Id shut the whole place down if it were me. However, that's besides the point and my mothers license is on the line and I need to be as unbias as possible.
Right now they are investigating the accusation but I need help guiding my mother on what to do next and how to handle this. My opinion is she should hire a lawyer immediately; doing this will prove that she is confident that the accusation is false and she is willing to go to any length to prove that. The problem is, we're already stretched tight on finances and with her out of a job this only further exasperate the situation. Hiring a lawyer would be very difficult. What else can we do?
Thanks for your time