Two workers at a Florida nursing home have been arrested and charged with using duct tape to restrain an elderly resident with dementia to a chair that was then titled backwards against a bed. The two women allegedly involved in the July 3, 2018 incident are charged with elder abuse and false imprisonment.
Court documents charge that “The victim had duct tape on both hands and feet. The suspects at one point tilted the chair back and had it against a bed making it very unsafe for the victim.” Police investigating the matter have stated that the 67-year-old victim has been unable to provide them with details about the incident due to her dementia.
According to reports, one of the women charged in the incident has admitted to bringing the victim to another resident’s room and using duct tape to restrain the woman to keep her quiet while she attended to other residents. The worker admitted to tying the resident to the chair “using a cloth pajama pant to wrap around her waist area” and using “duct tape to tie her hands and feet against a chair” and “around her mouth to prevent her from screaming.”
The other worker charged in the incident reportedly admitted to knowing that the other nursing home worker used duct tape to restrain the resident: she saw the resident restrained but she failed to report the incident to anyone. Court documents reportedly state, “She said at some point during the event she had to remove the tape around the victim’s mouth to give her sleeping pills. She said she then removed small portions of the tapes around the victim’s body but she never reported the incident to anyone. She said she discussed it with [the other worker who duct taped the resident] and told her taping the victim to the chair was wrong.”
The nursing home where the incident alleged occurred advertises, “We are the premier affordable memory care community committed to providing the utmost care to seniors suffering from early stage Alzheimer’s and mild Dementia at the absolute most affordable price in the area’s marketplace. The staff … is truly truly dedicated to the residents here and their quality of life. We are a fully licensed assisted living facility with a focus on memory care and alternative behavioral challenges. Our facility is designed for various stages of sub acute care and we provide for a cozy, homelike setting, while our model allows us to really serve a large population at one time.”
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