A nursing home in Livonia, Michigan has been accused of serious elder abuse after a hidden camera caught the alleged abuse on tape. 89-year-old Hussein Younes was sent to recover at the Autumnwood nursing home in Livonia after he underwent bowel obstruction surgery. The family later noticed mysterious cuts and bruises on their elderly father and decided to put a hidden camera in his alarm clock in hopes of capturing the reason why.
The hidden camera recorded two days worth of abuse, and Mr. Younes had been there for 6 months.
Once the family saw what was going on they immediately removed their father from the homes’ care. The hidden camera caught instances of physical abuse when he was thrown and slapped by a nurse at the facility. There were also racial slurs that were made toward Mr. Younes.
Mr. Younes immigrated to the United States from Lebanon in 1995 and had later become a United States citizen. Nonetheless, these horrible racial slurs were allegedly made toward this elderly man, a citizen of this country.
Despite being confronted with this video evidence the nursing home refuses to take any responsibility for these actions. It was later discovered that the nurse in question has a history of issues at previous nursing homes where she was employed. She was reprimanded by one nursing home for using racial slurs and was fired from two others before she moved to Michigan and began working at Autumnwood.
The nurse has since been terminated and the facility released a statement saying, “The actions depicted in the video are in no way illustrative of the quality care that is provided by the caring staff at Autumnwood on a daily basis. The employees identified from the video have been terminated, and additional training has been provided to all employees.”
The family has since hired an attorney and are taking legal actions against the facility. There are no criminal charges but the family is pursuing a civil case.
“Worst of all, they sent Mr. Younes (the victim’s son) a bill for abusing his father,” Jonathan Marko, the family attorney told journalists. “That’s despicable.”
People send their loved ones to facilities like these so that they can receive the care and rehabilitation services that they need in order to heal and return to life. These are the type of facilities are meant to offer professional care and medical treatment to people who need it.
Many times, when people are placed in these types of facilities it is because they are unable to provide the care they need for themselves. They have other issues, due to age, that can keep them from doing the things they need to do on a daily basis to conduct a healthy life.
Residents trust these facilities and their staff to provide the type of care that they need to live the best quality of life possible. And though this is not the norm for most professionals in these facilities, it gives them a bad reputation. It is the type of situation where the bad acts of a few effects the lives and professions of the many.