Albert Lea nursing home, ex-aides face lawsuit

Pioneer Press, by Amy Forliti January 26, 2010

Pioneer Press, by Amy Forliti

"It's off-the-chart wrong."

The operator of nursing home in Albert Lea and four fired nursing assistants were sued over allegations that the aides groped, spanked and spat on several nursing home residents suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

"The lawsuit really is an effort to try and change the system. We're talking about four families that were dramatically affected by what happened here," said Jim Carey, an attorney for the plaintiffs. "What you found in this case was horrific, systemic and continual abuse.

The lawsuit claims the nursing assistants spent four months abusing residents at Good Samaritan Society in early 2008. The conduct of the four defendants "was so extreme and outrageous that it passed the boundaries of decency and is utterly intolerable to the civilized community," the lawsuit states, adding that the behavior was intentional, reckless and "so severe that no reasonable person could be expected to endure it."

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