IL nursing home sued after video shows staff taunting elderly woman

An Illinois family is suing a nursing home and two aides, who were fired and charged after a Snapchat video allegedly showed them using a hospital gown to tease a 91-year-old patient. A former employee of The Abington of Glenview Nursing Home saw the video and shared it with Collins's family, according to the family's attorney, Margaret Battersby Black. That's why she appears so troubled in the video, as a worker continually places the gown on her and she swings her arms to push it away from her bed. The 91-year-old was known by workers at the nursing home to dislike hospital gowns.

It was captioned, "Margaret hates gowns" along with two laughing emojis. Collins has since been moved to a different facility. Collins' daughter, Joan Biebel, told the station.

The Abington did not immediately respond to a request from The Washington Post for comment.

The alleged cruel certified nursing assistants, Brayan Cortez and Jamie Montesa, were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and are due in court later this month, according to the reports. Family members said staff knew that Collins did not like hospital gowns and preferred to wear her own clothes. Montesa told police that she thought the interaction made Collins uncomfortable and that she had filmed it without Collins's knowledge or permission. "That's the only option she has to protect herself", her son says.

Cortez and Montesa could not immediately be reached for comment.

"The privacy and dignity of our residents are of the utmost concern at The Abington".

Abington said it also "immediately terminated" the pair for violating "our standards and policies" when it found about the video filmed late past year.

But Margaret Collins' family alleges the two workers remained on the job for weeks, after they were initially cleared by administrators.

The Illinois Department of Public Health cited The Abington of Glenview for a failure to implement its own abuse prevention policy with regard to Collins, the lawsuit said.

"My mom is a frail, small, kindhearted person", Biebel said. "You're just trying to figure out what the heck is happening here". The lawsuit seeks more than $1 million in damages.

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