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More Staffing Problems

Published on March 7th, 2010

Here are some articles on some of the types of people who are employed at nursing homes:

The Seatttle Times had an article about three employees of a nursing home being fired after nude photographs of residents were taken and shared with strangers.  Three employees of Kitsap Health & Rehabilitation Center have been fired amid allegations that they took nude cellphone pictures of residents.  Staff members said in written statements that the suspects had shown the pictures to other staff members as a joke some weeks ago.  The pictures were taken around Christmas, the suspect said. He said he has deleted all photos of residents.  Witnesses also reported seeing other photographs.

One suspect, a 41-year-old Retsil resident who is a licensed practical nurse, told Bremerton police he and the two other suspects had sent "funny" pictures of residents to each other but denied having taken inappropriate photos.

The suspect said someone — he said he didn’t know who — had sent him a photo of a resident of unknown gender bending over, with naked buttocks showing. He reported deleting the image and telling the other two suspects not to send any more cellphone pictures of residents.

The other suspects are women, ages 26 and 27, both nurse aides from Bremerton. All three employees at first were suspended and later fired. The three have been reported to a medical panel for review of alleged violations.  See more information at King5 here.
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WOKV.com  had a story about  Sharon Kaiser who was accused of stealing from people in a nursing home.   She is charged with grand theft, exploiting the elderly, suspicion of fraudulent use of credit cards, petit theft,  bank fraud, and fraudulent use of personal identification information.. Police say the woman was stealing blank checks from the residents and then giving them to other people to be cashed.

Kaiser worked at the Cypress Village retirement community.  "We were assured by Dr. Felix that it was a safe environment, that all employees had a background check," said Jack Slaughter, whose mother was a resident. He said she lost thousands in jewelry.

The police reports said one elderly resident reported that someone stole a $5,000, a 14-karat charm bracelet, and a $2,500 ring from her. Another victim reported having a $1,600 necklace and an $1,800 gold chain swiped.

Some victims in the report said this problem is widespread. In the one report, a victim claims "there has been around 90 items stolen from different patients from Cypress Village." Police arrested Kaiser after police reported linking jewelry found at pawn shops to her.

"We went to the authorities at Cypress Village and informed them of what my mom was telling us, and we were led to believe that it could be paranoia brought on by her Alzheimer’s disease," Slaughter said.  See News4Jax for more information.
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KTVB.com had a story about Eric Machigashira who is accused of stealing narcotic pain medication from resdients of the nursing home where he worked. They say management provided evidence that he had been taking morphine and other drugs from nursing home patients and from the home’s emergency supplies over a period of several months.

 

 

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