Two staff members have been fired and arrested and an Illinois nursing home is now being sued after video footage allegedly showed them taunting a 91-year-old dementia patient.
The suspects, Brayan Cortez and Jamie Montesa, were arrested on misdemeanor charges. They were caretakers at the Abington of Glenview nursing home. Both employees “were immediately terminated,” the home’s administrators wrote in a statement.
The patient’s family claims that the employees remained on the job for another week because they were initially cleared of wrongdoing.
According to reports, Snapchat video footage recorded last December showed Cortez waving a hospital gown at the elderly woman, knowing that the sight of the gowns was a source of fear and anxiety for her. Montesa allegedly held the camera. The video was labeled “Margaret hates gowns,” with two laughing emojis added.
The two nursing assistants are due in court later this month. The elderly woman has been moved to a different facility.