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Sisters Found Guilty Of Elder Abuse At Brookville Nursing Home

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Sisters Found Guilty of Elder Abuse at Brookville Nursing Home

hannah-haley-shirey.jpgBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — Two former nursing home employees from Strattanville accused of abusing an elderly man at a Jefferson County nursing facility were found guilty on several charges on Friday.

(Pictured above: Hannah Shirey and Haley Shirey)

On Friday at the Jefferson County Courthouse, a jury found 22-year-old Haley B. Shirey guilty of neglect of a care-dependent person and simple assault and 22-year-old Hannah T. Shirey guilty of neglect of a care-dependent person, simple assault, and recklessly endangerment of another person.

Hannah Shirey was found not guilty on one count of strangulation.

A sentencing date has not been set.

According to the criminal complaint, on Wednesday, June 7, Brookville Borough Police Department Officer Markle responded to Laurelbrooke Landing, a facility of WRC Senior Services.

The director of the facility said that a caregiver-in-training reported abuse of two known Laurelbrooke Landing residents in the memory support unit.

The residents were allegedly physically and mentally abused by three staff members between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, the complaint states.

One of the residents needed to be helped up and dressed for supper. When Hannah Shirey and Haley Shirey, who were working as CNA’s at the time, entered his room, he was kicking and moving around while they attempted to dress him.

Haley Shirey allegedly started squeezing his neck and hitting him in the face. Later that night he needed help getting ready for bed, and Haley allegedly said to several people that she would “love to punch him in the face,” the complaint states.

Haley and Hannah went into the room to help him get ready for bed, and Hannah allegedly started choking him. The witness stated that the resident was gasping for air, the complaint indicates.

Hannah also allegedly grabbed “(the resident) by the hair, pulling it. Haley grabbed his leg and bent it toward his head causing pain to him once again,” the complaint states.

A doctor checked the resident and observed a bruise on his forehead and a scratch on his neck, according to the complaint.

A second resident began making noises, squealing – which is usual behavior for him. Hannah Shirey allegedly then went and got a cup of ice and dumped it down the resident’s back, and he began yelling at her for her actions, the complaint states.

Charges against the third staff member were withdrawn.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.explorejeffersonpa.com/two-women-found-guilty-of-elder-abuse/

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What prevents this sort of abuse is frequent visits to those in nursing homes especially those who are the most vulnerable. Visit relatives, friends and acquaintances as often as possible. Make friends with the other residents and check on them. Listen to what they have to say. There is always a shortage of staff and often there is less than optimal supervision as the caregivers are spread so thin. The bad apples are probably few but more likely to be caught if family is involved. Being in a "good" nursing home doesn't guarantee safety. It should but it doesn't. The outside world coming in brings safety with it. And the residents love it. 

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2 hours ago, lavender said:

What prevents this sort of abuse is frequent visits to those in nursing homes especially those who are the most vulnerable. Visit relatives, friends and acquaintances as often as possible. Make friends with the other residents and check on them. Listen to what they have to say. There is always a shortage of staff and often there is less than optimal supervision as the caregivers are spread so thin. The bad apples are probably few but more likely to be caught if family is involved. Being in a "good" nursing home doesn't guarantee safety. It should but it doesn't. The outside world coming in brings safety with it. And the residents love it. 

When my father was in a nursing facility for rehab, a family member  went at lunch. And a family member went at dinner.  7 days a week.  One of the Supervisor-RN_ nurses said that was nice because some families dont show up often but she also said that this is what we get paid for. The family could take a break once in awhile.  They knew we cared and were on top of it. Or watching.

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2 hours ago, jaman said:

When my father was in a nursing facility for rehab, a family member  went at lunch. And a family member went at dinner.  7 days a week.  One of the Supervisor-RN_ nurses said that was nice because some families dont show up often but she also said that this is what we get paid for. The family could take a break once in awhile.  They knew we cared and were on top of it. Or watching.

Good for you!

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I'm glad I had a somewhat flexible schedule when my family had a loved one in a skilled nursing facility.  I would absolutely not keep a regular schedule. Sometimes it would be first thing in the morning. Late morning Lunch time- afternoon - supper. evening.  Keep them on their toes. 

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