Albert Lea nursing home, ex-aides face lawsuitMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Albert Lea nursing home and four fired aides are being sued over alleged abuse of residents with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
By: AMY FORLITI,Associated Press Writer, Worthington Daily Globe
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Albert Lea nursing home and four fired aides are being sued over alleged abuse of residents with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Freeborn County accuses the nursing assistants of abuse over four months in 2008. Among other things, it claims they hit a man in the testicles, poked women in the breasts, and spit water on a resident.
Former aides Brianna Broitzman and Ashton Larson have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges and are awaiting trial. The other aides named in the lawsuit are Alicia Heilmann and Kaylee Nash. Attempts to reach Broitzman, Larson and Nash were unsuccessful. A message left for Heilmann was not immediately returned.
Nursing home administrator Mark Anderson says he can't comment directly on the lawsuit, but notes that the Health Department said the home handled the situation correctly once it learned of the abuse.