because of resident abuse in Nepa v. Commonwealth Department of Public Welfare.
Abuse of Residents
The operator of a nursing facility appealed an order by the Department of Public Welfare revoking his license because of resident abuse in Nepa v. Commonwealth Department of Public Welfare.38 Substantial evidence supported the department’s finding. Three former employees testified that the nursing facility operator had abused residents in the following incidents:
The nursing facility operator claimed that the findings of fact were not based on substantial evidence and that even if they were, the incidents did not amount to abuse under the code. The defendant attempted to discredit the witnesses with allegations from a resident and another employee that one of his former employees got into bed with a resident and that another had taken a picture of a male resident while in the shower and had placed a baby bottle and a humiliating sign around the neck of another resident. The court was not impressed. Although these incidents, if true, were reprehensible, they were collateral matters that had no bearing on the witnesses’ reputation for truthfulness and therefore could not be used for impeachment purposes. The court held that there was substantial evidence supporting the department’s decision and that the activities committed by the operator were sufficient to support revocation of his license:
We believe Petitioner’s treatment of these residents as found by the hearing examiner to be truly disturbing. These residents were elderly and/or mentally incapacitated and wholly dependent on Petitioner while residing in his home. As residents, they are entitled to maintain their dignity and be cared for with respect, concern, and compassion.
Petitioner testified that he did not have adequate training to deal with the patients he received who suffered from mental problems. Petitioner’s lack of training in this area is absolutely no excuse for the reprehensible manner in which he treated various residents. Accordingly, DPW’s order revoking Petitioner’s license to operate a personal care home is affirmed.40
For this paper, I want you to answer the two case study questions (also shown below). As part of your response, I want you to conduct additional research on the topics of patient abuse, elder abuse and patient rights. Write a 5 page paper on the following questions:
1) Do the facts of this case support the court’s findings?
2) Discuss why senior citizens are often reluctant to report abuse.
Papers require the following:
Cover page – Make sure it is in APA format.
Abstract – None required.
Introduction – Describes the purpose of the paper. Ideal length is four (4) sentences. Introduce the topic and preview the structure of the main body (discussion) that follows. It’s OK to start with: “The purpose of this paper is…”.
Main body – Provide the analysis of your research. You can use subheadings to breakup the paragraphs if you wish, but it is not required. Keep paragraphs relatively short–4-6 sentences each. Don’t write long, run-on sentences. Use transitions to make the narrative more engaging and to help he reader identify new points that you are bringing up.
Conclusion – Like the introduction, should be four (4) sentences each. Restate the thesis of the paper and briefly recap key issues covered. Close with impact sentence to remind he reader of the importance of the topic. It is OK to begin your concluding paragraph with: “In conclusion…”.
Reference page – You are encouraged to use outside references as well as your text. References must be from established, credible, scholarly sources (no newspapers or news magazines) and a minimum of four (4) are required. Make sure you review the APA guidance on proper reference page formatting.
Cover page and reference page are not included in the page count. Papers should include page numbers. Most importantly–remember to follow the APA writing guidelines.
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