Nursing Home Cameras Expose Abuse
Select nursing homes of Oklahoma are currently in chaos, after two 96 year old residents were found on camera being abused by their caretakers.
The two women who were caught abusing the elderly residents, Caroline Kaseke and Lucy Gakunga were arrested by local police in Oklahoma.
Caroline Kaseke, was bonded from jail, and has failed to show up for court, and at this time there is a warrant for her arrest.
The evidence that lead to the two women being detained was gained from undercover cameras in their nursing home.
"So many things happen to loved ones in nursing homes. My grandmother was a nursing home victim. She died on her 86th birthday in May 2000." said Wes Bledsoe who at this time is the founder of a Perfect Cause, which is a non-profit organization that works to improve nursing homes.
Wes Bledsoe says that her grandmother was a victim of negligent caretakers, and strongly feels that undercover cameras could have preserved her life. After the death, Bledsoe has worked nonstop to improve the work that goes on in nursing homes in order to prevent situations like her mother’s from reoccurring, and having other families feel the way that she once did.
It has also surfaced that some nursing homes will not allow hidden cameras and have even gone as far as to threaten to evict the residents whose families have installed them.
Wes Bledsoe is still extremely angry about what happened in her mother’s situation, claiming that 90% of all nursing home residents are harmless, and any malicious actions done towards them are just cruel. She also says that this recent uncovering of abuse has fueled the flame of her organization, as she works towards raising awareness with undercover cameras in nursing home all over the U.S.
As of now, it is the Nursing Home’s decision whether or not the cameras are installed, but in most Home’s the staff allows them to be installed as long as consent is given by both the roommate of the family installing the camera, as well as the roommate is there is one.
If you or a someone you love has been abused in any way by their nursing home caretakers, you should seek the help of an experienced lawyer. Contact an experienced elder law attorney in your area for advice on how to handle the situation and obtain restitution.