Pennsylvania nurse arrested for endangering welfare of patient

There is nothing quite like the comfort of your own Philadelphia home. For this reason, it can be a difficult decision to place your loved one in a nursing home or care center. Many people are opting instead for home health care. There are many different levels of care that can be given at home, from around-the-clock care to someone checking in on the person once a day or more. This is a great option for those who do not want to leave their homes. Loved ones often feel more comfortable with this arrangement because they believe that the person who is receiving the care is better taken care of and watched over.

However, just as there can be cases of nursing home abuse and negligence, so too can there be home health care aides that do not behave in a professional and caring manner. This seems to be the case for a 52-year-old nurse in Ulster, Pennsylvania who was arrested recently and charged with endangering the welfare of a physically disabled patient in her care. The woman, a home health aide, was taken to jail after authorities received a complaint that she was abusing and neglecting a 22-year-old quadriplegic man in her care.

This is a sad case of a nurse abusing her authority and inflicting suffering on a patient who could do nothing to protect himself. The man and his family may wish to speak with an attorney about their right to compensation for the physical abuse he endured.

Source: Times Herald-Record, “Ulster nurse charged with abusing disabled patient,” Nathan Brown, Nov. 4, 2013



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