Nursing home employees charged following reported abuse of resident

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JASPER – Six employees at a southern Indiana nursing home face charges in connection with the reported abuse of an adult resident.

The complaint surrounded the care of a resident at Providence Home Health Care Center in Jasper who has dementia. Some of the abuse was recorded.

According to court documents, the workers treated the patient roughly and hit the man. In one videotaped encounter, the employees rolled the patient aggressively, hitting his head on a bed rail. They’re also accused of hitting the man when he wouldn’t cooperate with being rolled over, the probable cause affidavit said.

Tonya N. Sanders, Loogootee; Blaine T. Ballard, 33, Jasper; Casey M. Hill, 28, Taswell; and Wendy M. Sutherlin, 28, Taswell, were arrested Monday on charges of felony battery, neglect and intimidation.

Two other workers–Katrina L. Patterson, 40, Jasper, and Sheryl A. Rockett, 52, Washington–face face misdemeanor charges of failure to report abuse of an endangered adult.

21 comments

  • cathy

    i have worked in nursing homes for 30+ years and was fired twice for reporting abuse to dept. heads i have witnessed alot of bad things but when you try to report these things no one will listen and fire you for trying to cause trouble its a no win i feel sorry for the residents and i would never put my family member in a nursing home, my heart goes out to the familys

  • CMarinewife+mommy:)

    Do not work in healthcare if you don't truly have the heart to work with patients of all kinds.. I loved working in the nursing home, if you would shut up and slow down you can learn a lot of things from our elders… This man had dementia which means he needed extra love and patience!!!

    • Humanity

      This goes for the kids too. All they need to do is slow down and not expect that child to not grow up and do the same thing they are doing! The young and Elderly need extra time. Brain doesn't process as quickly as youirs does.

  • Hoosierdad

    they shouldnt be allowed to plead down these charges either. they should be maxxed out on all of em and run consecutive. if theyre a different race, they should be charged with a hate crime as well

  • dabbydo1952

    Six people abusing one man? That makes me sick. It is a real shame. The man was once a vital human being and possibly a veteran. These people should be punished severely.

  • victoria

    I have been in long term care for 20 years as a CNA and a LPN for 26 years, I always want to treat the residents like they were my family and yes some are confused but if you explain what is going on then they usually cooperate or come back later, I had a resident 103 years old but she always told me a lot of things, Her favorite saying was Let the Lord handle it but in this case the judge and jury should handle it with a very stiff penalty.

  • Kimberly

    O.K. MAYBE IT'S JUST ME BUT SERIOUSLY JUST BY LOOKING AT THEM, I WOULDN'T HIRE THEM TO FEED OR WATER MY DOG.REALLY WHO HIRED THESE DUMB A** TO TAKE CARE OF ANOTHER PERSON. THEY ALL LOOK LIKE CRACK HEADS (NO JOKE.) ARE THEY EVEN CERTIFIED? THERE ARE SOME FACAILITIES THAT WILL HIRE UNCERTIFIED AIDES AND CLAIM THEY ONLY WORK IN DIETARY OR LAUNDRY. I PRAY THE PATIENT IS OK AND THESE MONGROLS GET LOCKED UP FOR A LONG TIME…THE STATE NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE THE FACAILITY BECAUSE I CAN GUARANTEE YOU THERE ARE OTHERS JUST LIKE THESE…

    • terrie

      i know these women and there are not crack heads as you put it. they havent been convicted yet the bible says judge not lest you be judged

      • Jen

        What about management? Were they aware this resident was aggressive? Were they making sure the staff were supported with education re behaviour management strategies and making sure staff were rotated to prevent mental exhaustion? Caring for elderly people with dementia is very challenging, and if theynare aggressive it can make people feel threatened and respond defensively when put in a situation where they might get hurt. Its important to look closer at the 'system' that has failed not only this resident, but the staff as well.

  • debbie

    They need to go to jail all 4 of them an let someone beat the hell out of them they will get theres in the end if not in jail it will be on the street

  • new2in

    When I wanted to put a camera in my mom's nursing home room, I was told by my lawyer that it's illegal to use a hidden camera in a public place. "Nanny cams" only allowed in private homes.

  • Alayna Robison

    this is the field i am going in to, and this makes me so sick!! i am 20 years old and have been volunteering at nursing homes for the past 4 years… the elderly are pretty unpredictable but that is what makes them so worth while! Dont go into this industy if you dont have the required patience!!

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