Women Found Guilty in Nursing Home Abuse Trial

Women Found Guilty in Nursing Home Abuse Trial

Earlier this week four women were questioned in a Kentucky courtroom regarding the death of an 86-year-old woman.

The women, who worked as caretakers at the nursing home in which the woman was living, are being held accountable for her sudden death.

Caretaker Accused of Abuse

In June 2006, Lois Schaefer Bright fell from her wheelchair and fractured her head while residing at the Four Courts Senior Center.

Two weeks later, the elderly woman died due to her injuries.

After investigating Bright’s death, officials found that Rachael Bowerman, an employee at the nursing home, failed to apply the brake to the wheelchair, which ultimately led to the fall.

Bowerman was charged with second-degree manslaughter and for the abuse of an adult.

Gail McWhorter, Tonita Thompson and Shaconda Daniel the others employees at the facility, were charged for tampering with evidence and abuse.

According to reports, after Bright fell, the women put her back in the wheelchair and placed her in her bed before calling the paramedics.

Women Face Consequences

The four women all face fines and prison sentences.

However, Bowerman faces the most serious charges and may serve up to 10 years in prison for manslaughter.

“It is an absolute that we always apply a brake when a person is in a wheelchair,” explains Linda Kempf, a nurse and former nursing home administrator.

(Source: WAVE 3 TV)

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