Placing a loved one in a nursing home is one of the most difficult decisions a family may ever have to make. Indiana nursing homes should offer a safe haven for seniors to continue to live their lives to the fullest while receiving the personalized medical care they require. When a nursing home falls short from meeting those needs, it makes victims of those people that need assistance the most.
A recent, chaotic and heartbreaking incident in an Indianapolis nursing home left an Alzheimer’s patient in handcuffs and no shortage of blame being spread around. In the middle of the chaos is an outraged wife, horrified that her husband, who no longer understands simple commands, wasn’t protected by the nursing home.
13 years ago her husband of 45 years was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. As his condition continued to deteriorate, she made the decision to place him in Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home which advertised itself as a ‘Specially Designed Environment for those with Alzheimer’s or Related Dementia.’
While preparing to visit him on Father’s Day, the woman received a phone call that her husband was taken to the hospital. When she arrived she found him in handcuffs and ‘badly bruised and bleeding.’
According to the police reports, the man was given a drug that he was allergic to that caused him to become violent. They claimed the staff was aware of the danger of the medication but administered it regardless. Officers were called to the nursing home where the man failed to comply with their commands. They were forced to use a taser on him to get him under control.
The nursing home refuted the claim that the man was given improper medication, but regardless the wife is outraged that they didn’t do more to keep her husband safe and claims they ‘didn’t protect him… Nobody stopped it. Everybody witnessed it, but nobody stopped it.’
The nursing home was suppose to have been specially trained to approach residents with behavior problems, but the facility claims they acted appropriately by calling police.
The facility doesn’t have a spotless record when it comes to staff responding properly to unruly residents. Indiana State Health Department records show that in February the nursing home ‘failed to ensure the behavior management program was implemented, coordinated, and documented.’ That report required that the staff be re-educated on how handle residents with behavior issues.
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If you suspect someone you love is suffering from Indiana nursing home neglect or abuse, be their voice, and get them the justice they deserve. The compassionate Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys at Ken Nunn Law Office fight for abuse victims in Indianapolis, Bloomington, Fort Wayne, South Bend, and throughout Indiana.
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Source. Fox59.com, ‘http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-woman-outraged-after-police-use-taser-on-husband-with-alzheimers-20120619,0,3585370.column,’ Edward Moody, June 19, 2012.
Source. KokomoTribune.com, ‘http://kokomotribune.com/local/x1767474238/Peru-police-Tase-Alzheimer-patient,’ Carson Gerber, June 20, 2012.
Source. Fox59.com, ‘http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-facility-where-alzheimers-patient-was-stunned-with-taser-had-prior-issues-20120620,0,458547.column,’ Zach Myers, June 20, 2012.