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NJ Health Worker Assaulted 91-year-old

Posted Sep 26 2010 6:51pm

Last week the world was shocked by the above video and story posted by CNN. People angrily asked how this could happen. It seems that this abuse was filmed over a period of 30 days, but could have been going on every day for 11 years.

A nurse aide in someone’s home committed this brutal crime. The home health care agency involved claimed that a background check was done when she was hired. If so, giving the agency the benefit of the doubt on the background check for argument sake, how is it possible that no one at the agency ever did a surprise inspection to see what was going on in that house?

Altogether too many home health agencies as well as nursing homes hire employees without a proper criminal background check. Many nursing homes are cited on a regular basis for hiring employees without checking them out thoroughly. Add to this the fact that both nursing homes and home health agencies employees are poorly supervised and you have a dangerous and volatile situation for the elderly.
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