Illegal And Inappropriate Incidents In Nursing Homes

On this site, many different types of nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect, and accidents are discussed.  While many of these types of abuse, neglect, and nursing home accidents have been featured, it should be mentioned that there are many other incidents that can occur in Illinois nursing homes and other health care facilities that are either inappropriate and/or illegal.

An alleged example of such an illegal and inappropriate action taken by an assisted living facility employee has recently been publicized.  The Huffington Post article (with video) of January 19, 2016, titled “Nursing Assistant Charged After Posting Nude Video Of 93-Year-Old On Snapchat” discusses an incident in which a nursing assistant at a Wisconsin assisted living facility allegedly took a video of a mostly naked facility resident and posted it on Snapchat without consent.

An excerpt from the Huffington Post article:

The employee of Parkside Manor in Kenosha posted a video of a 93-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia sitting on a bed “in a bra and no underwear and no pant[s],” according to a criminal complaint filed last week in Kenosha County. She admitted her action to the facility’s executive director and said “it was immoral and very terribly wrong,” the complaint said.

The employee, Grace Riedlinger, 21, was fired and faces a charge of taking a nude photo without consent, for which she could be sentenced to 1½ years in prison and two years of extended supervision. She could not be reached for comment; her mother said an attorney had advised the family not to discuss the matter.

The article also discusses additional instances of similar such actions involving unauthorized postings of pictures and videos onto social media.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the Huffington Post article mentioned above, as well as the McKnight’s article of January 14, 2016 titled “Nude Snapchat of resident leads to felony charge for SNF employee.”


Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to discuss the potential of an injury lawsuit.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.  Elman Law Group handles cases on a contingency basis…no fees are charged unless and until monetary compensation is achieved.    

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