Investigator: Son moving abused mom to new nursing home

9:11 PM, Aug 5, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Steve Piskor fought long and hard to keep his mother at the MetroHealth nursing home, even after nurses aides were caught abusing her.  But, now he says he has no choice but to relocate her.

"My mother is getting less than adequate care, " Steve said.  "The nurses aides are under orders from the administrator not to talk to me or any of my family, so we don't know what's going on with my mother."

MetroHealth spokesperson Susan Christopher denied the claim that nurses aides have been instructed not to talk with the Piskor family.  "MetroHealth continues to retain the services of an outside agency to provide sitters to remain in Mrs. Piskor's room around the clock to ensure her welfare and safety," Christopher said in a written statement.

The sitters were placed in Esther Piskor's room after son Steve agreed to remove all cameras from inside her room at the nursing home.  Those cameras caught nurses aides abusing Esther, a 78-year-old patient suffering from Alzheimers.

The Ohio Attorney General and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor announced today that two nurses aides are headed to court Monday on charges of patient abuse.  Virgen Caraballo faces 13 counts of abuse.  Maria Karban was indicted on a single count of patient abuse.

The charges are felonies and each carries a maximum of 18 months behind bars. "The video of the treatment this woman received is shocking, " said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.  "We began an investigation as soon as the video came to light."

MetroHealth says Caraballo was fired.  Karban has been placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Steve Piskor hopes to have his mother placed in a new nursing home within two weeks.


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