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Granddaughter uncovers the truth about grandmother's bruises

One elderly Bronx woman can thank her granddaughter for her current safe living situation. The 89-year-old woman was living in a Bronx nursing home when she began showing signs of what could be abuse. Pictures show the woman with bruises covering her hands and face. The woman's granddaughter was allegedly told that the woman had received the bruises when she banged her hands on her bed railing.

However, the granddaughter suspected that something else might be going on in her grandmother's room at the nursing home. As her grandmother suffers from Alzheimer's and dementia, learning what happened directly from her grandmother may have been difficult. So, she installed a hidden camera in her grandmother's room that collected hundreds of hours of footage.

Some of the video footage showed a particular nurse's aide abusing her grandmother. According to the granddaughter, in one video the nurse's aide "grabbed my grandmother's arm, twisted it back, lifted her off the bed and slammed her into the bed." As a result of these abusive actions, the nurse's aide was charged with endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person. Though she was arrested, she was "released on her own recognizance."

Once the granddaughter viewed the video of her grandmother being abused, she asked the nursing home to transfer her grandmother to the emergency room, as it would be safer. This woman is now safe in another nursing home.

However, this woman could have been even more seriously harmed when the nurse's aide abused her. When family members move a loved one into a nursing home, they expect that the nursing home staff will care for their loved one and ensure their loved one is safe. If this turns out to not be the case, family members may be very frustrated with the nursing home. Seeking compensation for damages inflicted as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect may be worthwhile.

Source:, "Woman says grandmother abused at nursing home," Matt Kozar, Feb. 15, 2013

Our firm handles nursing home abuse cases similar to the one described in this post. To learn more about our practice, please visit our personal injury website.

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