Abuse caught on hidden camera nets nursing assistant 5-month sentence
A former certified nursing assistant was sentenced this week to five months in jail and five years of probation for the abuse of a nursing home resident that was captured by a hidden camera.
Rose Dorlean Blaise, 36, was charged with one count of battery on the elderly after she was caught on tape with another CNA abusing a 76-year-old resident with Alzheimer's at Palm Garden of Winter Haven in Winter Haven, FL.
The video footage showed Blaise and Yashika Jones, 30, taunting, kicking and hitting the resident on three different occasions in 2014. Jones was sentenced to 18 months in prison and five years of probation in December.
The resident's family placed the hidden camera inside a clock in his room after they noticed bruising on his body. He has since died.
In addition to her sentence Blaise must undergo a 26-week batterer intervention program, write an apology letter to the man's family and forfeit her nursing license. She also is barred from future employment in a caretaking position.
Officials at Winter Haven were not available for comment on Thursday. In a statement released to Tampa Bay's 10 News following Blaise and Jones' initial arrest, Winter Haven Chief Operating Officer Jeff Bomberger said the company maintained an “overarching commitment” to providing a safe and welcoming care environment, and had suspended the two without pay.
“Upon the completion of this investigation and the satisfaction of all legal and law enforcement issues, we will determine and enact any necessary changes to prevent such actions from ever occurring again,” Bomberger wrote.
Currently Illinois, Washington, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico allow cameras to be installed in nursing home resident rooms. In addition, Utah this week moved closer to becoming the first state to pass legislation allowing cameras in assisted living resident rooms.