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Woman Convicted of Abusing Nursing Home Patient

A certified nursing assistant who worked in a Seaford, Delaware nursing home, was found guilty of patient abuse and mistreatment of an impaired adult and must stay away from nursing home facilities.

According to an article on NBCPhiladelphia.com, the nursing assistant put a trash bag over the head of a dementia patient at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford, Delaware earlier this year. The patient was not harmed.

The article states that the nursing assistant may not work in a facility that provides care to the elderly for a six-month period. The U.S. Department of Health and Social Services is also aware of the situation and can bar the nursing assistant from working in a facility that receives federal health care funds for a minimum of five years.

In the article, Delaware’s attorney general is quoted as saying, “We have a special obligation to look out for the most vulnerable members of our community, including residents of nursing homes and patients in health care facilities who often can’t speak up and speak out.”