Nursing home abuse

What To Do If You See Nursing Home Abuse On Social Media

September 16, 2019 by Carrie Capouellez
elder abuse

The later years of an elderly person’s life are a time when they deserve kindness, respect, and quality care. But sometimes our elderly loved ones instead face abuse and neglect by caretakers. People with dementia are vulnerable to abuse by those close to them, either at home or in a facility. Dementia patients are especially vulnerable to nursing home abuse because the disease can prevent them from reporting or even recognizing the abuse. A variety of people can potentially take advantage of dementia patients by exploiting their cognitive impairment.

Two nursing home aides were fired after a Snapchat video showed them taunting an elderly dementia patient. The two nursing assistants ultimately pled guilty to taunting a 91-year-old woman and Snapchatting the abuse. Brayan Cortez pled guilty to disorderly conduct and Jamie Montesa pled guilty to attempted unauthorized recording.

What To Do If You See Nursing Home Abuse On Social Media

If you see a video, photo, story, or mention of nursing home abuse, invasion of privacy, or neglect on social media, via text, or in any other online community, you should immediately report what you have seen. Additionally, when you observe something on social media, you should capture it immediately. Our Philadelphia nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys strongly encourage you to:

  1. Take screenshots and/or save any video, texts, or photographs, as well as all user information.
  2. Not engage with the content or its users by liking, sharing, commenting, or replying to a social media post or text message.
  3. Report what you have seen immediately to the facility’s administrators and/or the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-490-8505 to ensure corrective action will be taken.

If You See Abuse or Neglect on Social Media, Talk with a Lawyer Today

At Lopez McHugh, we hold those who violate the law, rules, or regulations accountable with regard to the care and treatment of nursing home residents in their charge. We frequently speak with families and nursing home staff about their concerns and we are available to provide legal guidance to your family as well. Contact us today for more information.

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