Archive for Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Suspect, 87, named in nursing home beating

April 16, 2008


Prosecutors have charged an 87-year-old Bonner Springs nursing home patient with beating another resident who later died.

Wyandotte County district attorney's office said Tuesday that Douglas Nelson is charged with mistreatment of a dependent adult.

Prosecutors are awaiting autopsy results to determine whether 48-year-old William Webb died because of the injuries Nelson allegedly inflicted. Prosecutors say that's when they'll decide if other charges should be filed.

Webb was found dead Sunday, when officers were called to the Bonner Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to assist in an ambulance call.

A judge has ordered Nelson to undergo a psychiatric exam. He's being held at the Wyandotte County Jail on $50,000 bond.


JoRight 10 years, 2 months ago

Was the 48 y/o disabled? It just doesn't really add up that an 87 y/o beat to death a 48 y/o. And I'll agree w/ Pywacket.

Gina Bailey-Carbaugh 10 years, 2 months ago

Speaking as someone who works in long-term care:1. Over 50% of nursing home residents have some form of dementia (there are over a dozen different diseases that cause dementia). It is unrealistic to expect staff to monitor that many residents. It is realistic to expect the facility to identify those residents who might be a danger to themselves and others, and to provide supervision of those fewer residents. However, with demented residents it is VERY difficult to know when something is going to set them off. This caliber of aggression though is quite rare. I would venture to guess that he was not on the right medications. As for the staff, they are certainly thinking about what could have been done differently, perhaps they did all they could. We do not have the facts to make judgements here.2. For Multi: restraints are only used as a last resort due to the numerous negative outcomes associated with their use. However, if a resident is known to wander, especially at night, the staff needs to be more vigilant and to offer diversion or distractions to keep that resident from wandering and disturbing other residents. Another thing, I have never known an older person who thought someone severly disabled should never have lived, let alone to take the step of "mercy-killing". This generation, for the most part, believe in God's will and abide by such. The charge of mistreatment of a dependent adult would imply that the victim was severely disabled and not able to defend himself. If the suspect has dementia, there is no way to know what his reasons were. He probably doesn't even recall huritng anyone. 3. This incident is a nightmare. And, realistically, could happen in any facility. When I first heard this story, I thought it was likely a psychiatric resident, as there are more and more psychiatric patients admitted to nursing homes (many are younger than 60 years old). There are many misconceptions about nursing homes in the public sector, and the media loves to fuel the fear. If you or someone you know is of an age that a nursing home placement is more likely, take the time to check out all options before a crisis hits. There are numerous resources for making the best choice, I recommend starting with the Area Agency on Aging.Gina, RN, RAC-CT

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