PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Nursing home operator Alaris Health said Monday that it is “investigating each and every concern” raised by the family of an 80-year-old woman who claimed she was beaten by a nurse at a Passaic County facility.
The grandmother of 10 claimed the nurse assaulted her last Tuesday at Alaris Health at Passaic County, on East 43rd Street in Paterson, according to a Paterson Times report.
During a morning checkup, the woman had asked for painkillers, but the nurse refused to give her the pills because a doctor had not prescribed them, the newspaper reported. Intensely in pain, the woman kept asking for the pills, but the nurse kept refusing, the newspaper reported.
The woman then pushed a call button three times, but the nurses’ station did not respond, the woman’s family told the newspaper. She then began crying for help, and the nurse walked into the room and began beating her, the newspaper reported.
The woman’s family said she was left with a bloody noise and bruised bridge, as well as two black eyes, the newspaper reported. She also left a trail of blood as she crawled to her bed, the newspaper reported.
Another nurse then cleaned up the blood and gave the woman an ice pack in a dirty pillow, the woman’s family claimed to the paper.
In response, Alaris Health declined to comment specifically on the case in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, but said an investigation is underway.
“Alaris Health at Passaic County is investigating each and every concern raised by the family and will work diligently with all investigative authorities,” the statement said. “The staff at Alaris Health at Passaic County will continue to provide dedicated caring, support and love to this resident during such resident’s continued stay at the facility.”
Police said an investigation was still underway Monday night and no charges have been issued, CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported.
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