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Pennsylvania nursing home employees arrested after video footage shows their abuse

Dec 17, 2012

Two former employees of a Pennsylvania nursing home have been arrested, accused of abusing at least one elderly patient at their place of employment.

According to an NBC News report from Philadelphia, the abuse happened at Arbors at Buck Run, a nursing home facility in Bucks County, Pa., outside the city. The two employees of that facility accused of abuse were caught on hidden camera footage physically abusing one resident at the facility. 

The video footage allegedly shows one of the aides arrested this week dancing in front of the wheelchair-bound patient. Another clip shows another "dumping" the patient from her wheelchair onto her bed. There was also evidence of the nursing home resident being "mishandled" and physically abused. The footage was courtesy of a hidden camera installed by the resident's daughter who had suspected, based on evidence she found during previous visits, that her mother was being abused. 

That inkling led to the cameras being hidden in her residence at Arbors at Buck Run, which were able to capture hard evidence of the suspected abuse. 

Local and state police authorities are investigating the incidents depicted in the video footage. Investigators with the state's Dept. of Public Welfare have also joined the effort this week. Those investigations will likely include questioning other staff employed and formerly employed at Arbors at Buck Run, as well as residents of the nursing home in suburban Philadelphia. 

It may be that this one resident was not the only one subjected to abusive treatment.

Nursing home abuse is one statistic that continues to disturbingly rise. More Americans are retiring to what they think are the comforts of nursing homes or other assisted-living facilities. Many more are being constructed but many more are operating on shoestring budgets and that often forces them to hire unqualified staff to care for the growing number of residents.

Not properly investigating backgrounds of nursing home employees has led to needless abuse at the hands of care workers. In some cases, employees of nursing homes will float from facility to facility, often avoiding being caught in any abusive behavior by leaving before it becomes too late. In other cases, employees of nursing homes are forced to work long hours, care for too many patients, or perform tasks they're not capable of doing, a situation that often leads to neglect.

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