This is sad and outrageous. Imagine wrestling with the decision to place mom or dad in a nursing home. You want to take care of them yourself but with your job demands and kids, its impossible. So, you look around for a clean, well-run nursing home that is located close enough to visit on a regular basis.

Next, you wake up one morning to hear the following news report:

Former nursing home employee arrested for taking pornographic pictures of patients.

This is the news family’s in the Southwest Virginia community of Galax read about in their morning paper today. According to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, “an adult protective service worker with the Galax Department of Social Services received an anonymous complaint that employees of Waddell Nursing and Rehabilitation had taken photos of patients without their consent. The photographs were described as pornographic.”

Nothing like having your trust, and the personal dignity of your parents, violated. If these criminal acts are proven, the employee should go to jail….but the inquiry should not end with the firing of an irresponsible and mentally unstable employee.

My question is, ” where was the Administrator…where was the Director of Nursing? Is there any supervision of the staff at Waddell Nursing and Rehabilitation?

I think you know the answer.

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at