Illinois nursing home workers arrested after video shows them taunting 91-year-old dementia patient

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Two nursing-home workers at the Abington of Glenview in Illinois were arrested after they took a video of themselves taunting a 91-year-old dementia patient with a hospital gown.
  • The staffers, Brayan Cortez and his girlfriend and fellow Nursing assistant Jamie Montesa then posted the disturbing video to Snapchat.
  • The clip shows elderly patient Margaret Collins clearly in distress as Cortez repeatedly waves and puts a hospital gown on top of her. Collins does not like hospital gowns and staff at the nursing home facility were reportedly aware of that.

Two nursing-home staffers were arrested after they took a video of themselves taunting a 91-year-old dementia patient. The couple, Brayan Cortez and his girlfriend and fellow Nursing assistant Jamie Montesa then posted the disturbing video to Snapchat.

The video from December 2018 was recorded at the Abington of Glenview in Illinois. It shows elderly patient Margaret Collins clearly in distress as Cortez repeatedly waves and puts a hospital gown on top of her. Collins does not like hospital gowns and staff at the nursing home facility were reportedly aware of that.

The video was captioned “Margaret hates gowns!” alongside two laughing emojis, CBS Chicago reported.

“That was their disturbing form of entertainment?” Collins’ daughter, Joan Biebel, told the station.

“If they’re in her room, they should’ve been there for a reason to help her, assist her, not to exploit her and threaten her and demean her and post it on social media,” Biebel told Fox 5.

Cortez and Montesa were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and are due in court later this month, according to the reports.

Photo Credit: Glenview Police
Photo Credit: Glenview Police

In a statement, Abington said the two aides were “immediately terminated when it was determined that they violated our standards and policies.”

Collins’ family is now suing the nursing home and staffers for $1 million over the incident, their lawyer, Margaret Battersby Black, said. The suit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

“That’s exactly what this is. It’s abuse. They knew that she didn’t like this and they persisted in doing it,” Black told CBS Chicago.

“They had two staff members who were in her room for the sole purpose of playing a sick game,” the lawyer added.

 

Source: New York Post

2 thoughts on “Illinois nursing home workers arrested after video shows them taunting 91-year-old dementia patient

  1. These are the type of people that should be ostracized from our country! They thought it was funny???

    1. My heart truly goes out for that poor woman . I know the challenges of Dementia , as I have lost parents to the disease . May justice be served and Margaret get the care she deserves . Those two despicable ‘s deserve a stiff penalty !!!

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