21-year-old Grace Riedlinger,of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, is accused of allegedly taking a video of a partially dressed resident of a Kenosha nursing home then sharing it on the photo and video sharing app Snapchat.
The woman in the video is 93 years old and has Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. She was unable to tell police what had happened, the complaint states.
Police viewed the video, which showed the woman sitting on a bed, wearing only a bra.
When Riedlinger talked to police she said the woman had been giving her a hard time while she tried getting the woman ready for bed. She said the woman was playing tug of war with her, and decided to record it and post it as a story on Snapchat.
Unfortunately this not a new crime. Since the advent of the cell phone camera some unscrupulous nursing home employees have been engaged in this illegal behavior. Not only is this blatant degradation of some of the most helpless members of our society but I would imagine it’s also a blatant violation of the medical privacy laws in our country known as HIPAA. Having worked in the healthcare industry for half of my life I can tell you that HIPAA penalties are no joke and can carry some hefty fines or jail time. I would imagine that the nursing home’s lawyers are scrambling right now.
Before my mom passed she had to spend some time in a nursing facility for physical therapy. Because of things like this my brother took turns spending as much time with her there as we could to make sure nothing like this could occur. If you have a loved one or relative in such a facility think about spending an entire day with them just to see what is going on in their facility. I realize that not all nursing homes or nursing home employees are like this. It turned out my mom was in a great facility with amazing people working there however, it will only cost you some time to help keep one of your loved ones safe.