The decision to place an aging loved one in a long-term care facility is a complex series of tug-of-war emotions. We place our faith in the caregivers of nursing homes, believing that our beloved relative will receive the best care possible — better than what we could give with our limited time and resources.
What nobody ever wants to hear is that their loved one has suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of nursing home employees responsible for providing compassionate care. Daniel Nassrallah’s family is sickened and heartbroken after uncovering the horrific truth behind 89-year-old Georges Karam’s unexplained injuries at his long-term care facility in Ottawa, Canada.
“We thought that something was not right,” said Nassrallah, Karam’s grandson. “Over the past six or seven months prior to February 2017, there were several incidents in the home that were unexplained.”
For example, there were bruises to his grandfather’s face and cuts to his forehead combined with an excuse that he’d fallen out of bed. “We never had a satisfactory answer given; it was always unexplained facts,” Nassrallah said.
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So, the family installed a camera in Karam’s bedroom, with staff at the Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home fully aware of the camera’s presence. Nassrallah was disgusted when he watched the video footage showing 44-year-old Jie Xiao, a caregiver, beat his grandfather and verbally abuse him during a routine clothing change.
“It was gut-wrenching,” Nassrallah said of the agonizing scene. “Literally, my legs collapsed.”
Xiao was seen repeatedly striking Karam in the head, fists angrily clenched. Karam, who is mostly non-verbal, weakly attempted to fight back, but endured eleven punches to the head before Xiao finally stopped.
Nassrallah immediately phoned the police and Xiao was arrested that very night, and of course, fired. Karam was taken to a hospital for further assessment and was released after doctors found no serious physical injuries to his body.