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Retirement Community Faces Lawsuit After Patient Photos on Facebook

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News recently reported on a lawsuit filed against an Illinois retirement community for the mistreatment of a now-deceased resident of that community. In the lawsuit, the co-administrators of the former resident’s estate allege that the retirement community violated the residents’ privacy and dignity by posting inappropriate photographs of memory-care patients on Facebook and the community’s own social media account. The pictures reportedly contained images of residents bathing, sleeping, using the bathroom, and other similarly humiliating activities.

A former employee of the facility alerted the retirement community about the pictures being placed on social media. The woman reported that she and other employees had taken the photos over the course of a year and then sent them to her now-ex-boyfriend, who posted the pictures online. Once administrators of the retirement community learned of the photos, they notified the health department, the police, and the residents’ families. They also fired two employees in conjunction with the incident. Meanwhile, a man and woman are now facing criminal charges of non-consensual dissemination of sexual images, and the Illinois Department of Health fined the retirement community $25,000 for failing to protect its residents.

As the nursing home and retirement community industries continue to grow with America’s steadily aging population, the quality of care and staff members continues to become of greater concern. There seems to be a growing trend of employees of nursing homes and other facilities using social media to post photos of residents. All too often, nursing home staff members do not properly care for or even intentionally harm their residents, which can lead directly to their injuries resulting from abuse or neglect. At Boller & Vaughan, we focus on protecting the rights of those who have suffered neglectful or abusive actions at the hands of caregivers at all types of elder care facilities. We have the skills and knowledge to delve into the facts your case, consider all available options, and advocate on your behalf by bringing any legal claims that you may have against the nursing home in question, or its staff members. Contact your Wisconsin nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at (608) 268-0268 and schedule your free consultation today.