Six Charged in Indiana Nursing Home Abuse Case

Indiana authorities have charged six in a nursing home abuse case at the Providence Home Health Care Center, located in Jasper, in the southern part of the state.

The arrests of the six followed an investigation by several law enforcement agencies into the alleged abuse of a male resident at the center. The resident has dementia, according to this story in the Evansville Courier & Press. After receiving reports of abuse, the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit worked with Indiana State Police and the Dubois County prosecutor to investigate, as the news Web site notes.

Investigators went high-tech, and placed a hidden camera in the patient's room to record the nursing home staff. Subsequent probable-cause affidavits charge that four workers “rolled him around in an aggressive manner, hit his head on the side rails of his bed and physically hit the man when he did not cooperate in being rolled over.”

Police charged four workers with felony battery and neglect. They charged two others with failure to report the battery, neglect, or exploitation of an endangered adult – which is a misdemeanor in Indiana.

According to the nonprofit investigative newsroom ProPublica, in the past three years, 88 of Indiana’s 515 nursing homes were guilty of serious deficiencies and racked up a total of $1.41 million in fines.

Nursing home abuse is a crime that happens all over the country. If you suspect that your loved one is a nursing home abuse victim, call Sokolove Law today for a free case evaluation.


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