Not only did two nurse aides neglect to properly care for a dementia patient, they also allegedly attempted to cover up the incident to authorities.
According to officials, both nurse aides neglected to perform 15-minute checks as required by the facility, but falsely recorded that the checks were performed. An elderly dementia patient wandered out of the facility sometime between 8:00pm and 9:30pm, and was not found until approximately 3:00am. While remarkably he was uninjured, he never should have had the opportunity to exit the facility, putting himself at grave risk of injury or even death.
The two health aides have been charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of willful violation of health laws.
“Nursing home residents and their families place the highest level of trust in staff to protect residents,” [New York State Attorney General Eric] Schneiderman stated. “These arrests serve as a reminder of the serious consequences for neglecting nursing home residents — and even more for trying to cover it up.” –White Plains Daily Voice
The two nurse aides, if convicted, could face up to four years in state prison.