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Family Releases Video of Nursing Home Abuse
The family of a woman who was abused in a nursing home is
sharing the video they captured on a hidden camera in hopes of protecting other
dependent adults. Eryetha Mayberry was
96-years-old when she died. Her last few
years were spent in a nursing home. It
was a place her daughters thought she would be safe.
Doris Racher says she and her sisters would visit their
mother daily and spent several hours with her every week. However, they never knew the people and staff
they befriended at the nursing home would be the abusers of their mother.
The sisters installed a hidden camera because of concerns
other residents might be taking some of their mother’s things. When they reviewed the recordings, they saw
the nursing home staff members stuff latex gloves in their mother’s mouth. They also saw two women violently move their
mother from her wheelchair to the bed.
The video ultimately resulted in criminal charges against
one of the workers. Another worker fled
the area and hasn’t been seen since.
Wes Bledsoe, the founder of the nursing home advocacy
group “A Perfect Cause,” said Mayberry’s abuse is sadly not an isolated
case. Bledsoe said there have been 463
cases of mistreatment of dependent adults in nursing homes in the last three
years. Bledsoe believes the actual abuse
numbers could reach into tens-of-thousands because many cases of abuse or
neglect are never reported.
Bledsoe says it is important family members visit their
loved ones often and at different times of the day to understand who is
watching over their loved ones. He says
it’s important to take note of any physical signs of abuse or neglect. However he says emotional signs abuse shouldn’t
be overlooked. Those signs can included
a person being more withdrawn or showing anxiety towards a certain person or
certain groups of people.
Bledsoe says the most important thing families can do to guarantee
their loved one’s safety is to install a hidden camera and monitor the video so
you can see what happens when you are not in the room.
Posted: Friday, November 30 2012, 11:24 PM CST
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Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said Tuesday morning that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm. Authorities said initially that as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children.
Elliott says nine children are confirmed dead, including seven who were pulled from the wreckage of an elementary school in Moore, 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.
Teams are continuing to search the shattered community after the Monday afternoon tornado.
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