Earlier this month in Virginia, an 84 year old former resident of Carrington Place nursing home in Deep Creek and her daughter filed a lawsuit against the facility for allegedly tying the elderly woman to a chair, forcefully injecting her with a sedative, and leaving her confined and alone overnight.
According to the lawsuit, on May 12 of 2016, eight months after she was admitted to the nursing home, Alice Mackey was bound to her wheelchair by two nurses, Pamela H. Myers and Ramona L. Bishop, who then injected her with a sedative. Mackey relied on nurses to help her bathe, eat, and dress herself, and she suffered from varying levels of cognitive impairment.
Instead of reporting the incident, Myers and Bishop left Mackey in the room until she was discovered the following morning by another nurse. This nurse wanted to release Mackey from the restraints so that she could clean her because she had urinated and had a bowel movement while bound to the chair. Myers, the nurse in charge, told the morning nurse to leave Mackey to “sit in it,” the suit alleges.
Moreover, the lawsuit claims that the nursing home participated in an intentional cover-up of the event, failing to notify the daughter, Valerie Bryson, of the incident. Carrington Place allegedly fired two nurses who tried to post about the event on social media, instigated a “clandestine and superficial review,” and came up with a correction plan all in secret. Victoria Walker, a manager at the nursing home's parent corporation, said that the fired employees had "'illegally' attempted to use social media to post about the allegations."
Valerie Bryson, Mackey's daughter, did not learn about the incident until she received a clandestine phone call which advised her of the event and told her to check on her mother's condition. When she inquired about it, the director of the nursing home told her that an internal investigation had concluded that the event in question had not happened.
William Parkhurst, who is representing the family, says that the situation “seems to not only be a cover-up but a concerted cover-up at the expense of these residents who are paying to be protected and to have their health … taken care of.”
The lawsuit is seeking $17 million in damages for assault and battery, false imprisonment, negligence and other violations from multiple defendants, including the two nurses involved, the nursing home, its management, and its parent corporation, Traditions Senior Management.
Alice Mackey has since been removed from the facility, but the lawsuit states that she retains residual habits from the traumatic incident. “If she's being told she's doing someone wrong or incorrect or is being corrected by a nurse, she becomes very emotional about it and feels … as if this will happen to her again for acting out,” her lawyer said. “She doesn't understand why and what she did wrong.”
You can't be at your loved one's residential facility at all times, watching to make sure they are well cared for. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse happens far too often. If you suspect mistreatment, call the office of trial attorneys Charles Gilman and Briggs Bedigian today at (800) 529-6162 or contact them online.