Nursing Home Assistant Abuses Dementia Patient

A woman must stay away from nursing home facilities after she was found guilty of abusing an elderly woman in her care.

A jury convicted Anne Nunemann, 29, of Sussex County, Del. of abusing an 89-year-old patient at a Seaford nursing home.

Attorney General Beau Biden announced Monday that Nunemann was convicted last week of patient abuse and mistreatment of an impaired adult.

Biden's office says Nunemann, a certified nursing assistant at Methodist Manor House, placed a trash bag over the woman's head as she sat in her wheelchair in February. The victim, who suffered from severe dementia, was not injured. Nunemann was terminated.

During a six-month probation period, Nunemann may not work in a facility that provides care to the elderly. The U.S. Department of Health and Social Services has been alerted and can bar Nunemann from working in a facility that receives federal health care funds for a minimum of five years.

Biden hailed the conviction as a victory for protecting the most vulnerable of citizens.

“We have a special obligation to look out for the most vulnerable members of our community, including residents of nursing homes and patients in health care facilities who often can’t speak up and speak out,” Biden said in a press release.  “That’s why we use our broad authority under state and federal law to hold individuals who mistreat them accountable for their crimes.”

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