Chicago, IL- An Illinois family is suing a nursing home in Chenoa after “humiliating” photos of their loved one was shared on social media. Their lawsuit accuses the Meadows Mennonite Home of neglect and seeks $100,000 in damages.
Allegations Against Meadows Mennonite Home
The estate of a now-deceased dementia patient is suing the Meadows Mennonite Home after one of their employees took intimate photos and videos of their loved one which was posted online. A former employee Samantha J. Brown, 29, made the pictures and videos during private moments and partial nudity. Brown’s boyfriend posted on various social media platforms. Both are facing multiple counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult.
The lawsuit describes the photos are “humiliating” and “embarrassing” and says they were taken during “private moments,” according to WGLT. Photographs were taken while the resident was using the bathroom, as they were getting a bath, and while in wheelchairs.
The lawsuit accuses Meadows of neglect because they failed to develop a policy that prohibits employees from photographing residents and posting their photos online.
The lawsuit was filed on October 19, WGLT reports.
Not only is the facility facing a civil suit, but it will also face sanctions from the state of Illinois. The Bloomington Pantagraph reports that the state fined the facility $25,000 for the incident.
Taking Embarrassing Photos of Nursing Home Residents is a Growing Trend
Sadly, cases like this one keep coming occurring in nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the country. In 2016, ProPublica found 37 nationwide incidents of nursing home employees sharing photos of residents engaging in private activities like bathing or changing clothes.
In one case from Massachusetts, two girls who took embarrassing photos of nursing home residents said they took them because they thought it was funny. Nursing homes need to be proactive and develop policies forbidding employees from having their cell phones while they are taking care of residents and assisting them with private activities like showering.
Speak with a Nursing Home Lawyer in Chicago, Illinois
Residents of nursing homes should not be subjected to abusive, degrading or harmful behavior. It is the duty of a facility and their employees to protect residents from neglect. If your loved one is victimized by abuse or neglect in an Illinois nursing home, let USAttorneys.com connect you with a nursing home abuse lawyer in Illinois.
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