This story should disturb everyone! A Portland, Oregon Judge ripped the staff for the deplorable conditions at the Gateway Care and Rehabilitation Center. An aide at the facility, Cammy Elaine Nye, dropped a 60 year old resident (Linda Ober) who broke her legs as a result. The worst part…the nursing staff allowed Mrs. Ober to cry out in pain for five days before calling the rescue squad to take her to the local hospital!
A jury found Nye guilty of misdemeanor reckless endangerment after a five-day trial. The Judge then sentenced Nye to 30 days in jail, 640 hours of community service and three years of bench probation. The Judge was obviously outraged at what happened and stated, “I can’t imagine that if that place is still open that anybody would take their parent or spouse or someone who’s aged because it was set up as a marketing place first. It’s just incredible what happened there.”
My Take: While I agree with the sentence handed down by the Judge, my bet is that the Administration is really to blame for cutting staff to the bone in order to increase profits!