When a family takes their relatives to a nursing home, they trust that the person will be treated with respect and care. However, the family of dementia patient Margaret Collins claims that the 91-year-old was instead mocked by the very staff who were looking for her, reports CBS Chicago.
A Snapchat video of the December 2018 incident allegedly shows this worker in nursing homes in Illinoiswith a hospital gown. The elderly woman does not like hospital clothes, and the Abington of Glenview facility was reportedly aware of her dislike. Nursing assistant Brayan Cortez is accused of wiggling a dress at Collins as his girlfriend and co-nurse Assistant Jamie Montesa filmed the incident. The title in the video is "Margaret hates clothes" with two laughing emojis.
"Was that her disturbing form of entertainment?" Collins daughter Joan Biebel told CBS Chicago. "I knew immediately that we had to go to the police, which was completely wrong, my mother had an expectation of privacy."
The couple was arrested. Cortez said the alleged mockery in the video was a "constant insider joke". The alleged incident did not seem to joke on Collins, who told the investigators she feared Cortez could "force her to wear it," according to CBS Chicago.
Lawyer Margaret Battersby Black of Levin & Perconti filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of Collins. The lawsuit alleged the establishmentof the Nursing Home Care Act (HIPAA) and state data protection laws.
"That's it, it's abuse," Black told CBS Chicago. "They knew she did not like that and they insisted on doing it."
The Illinois Department of Public Health also ruled that Abington of Glenview failed to implement its "." in Collin's sense of humiliation and shame.
"They had two employees in their room to really play a sick game," Black added.
The Nursing Home responded with a spell Cortez and Montesa were "terminated immediately when it was determined they were violating our standards and policies."
The two former nurses will appear in court later this month. Collins has since moved to another facility.