Video that showed the brutal beating of an 86-year-old resident at a Florida assisted living facility was made public by CNN on Thursday, causing it to be shut down.
Surveillance camera footage shows a 52-year-old resident punching the much older man more than 50 times in two minutes during an incident which took place in October at the Good Samaritan Retirement Home in Williston, Florida, law enforcement officials said. Both men were residents at the facility, which has seen been shuttered.
The footage was turned over to police right after the beating and is still part of an ongoing investigation.
The Good Samaritan Retirement Home had a history of violations and more sanctions than any other assisted living facility in Florida. Two administrators were arrested in December in connection with separate incidents on charges of neglect, CNN reported.
The story shines a light on the dangerous aspects of living in retirement communities and nursing homes. The CNN story comes after the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration implemented an emergency suspension of Good Samaritan on Saturday. The AHCA had placed a moratorium on admissions earlier in the month after a resident fell, hit her head and died in November.
According to a 2016 study of 10 New York nursing homes, in a given month, one out of five residents suffers mistreatment at the hands of another resident, the Statesman reported.
In September, residents of a Florida nursing home died after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility’s air conditioning. According to the Hollywood Police Department, Broward County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Craig Mallak classified 12 deaths as homicides from heat exposure, as staff at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills failed to evacuate residents amid sweltering temperatures in the days following the storm.
Also earlier this year, a CNN report found that the federal government has cited more than 1,000 nursing homes for mishandling or failing to prevent alleged cases of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse at their facilities between 2013 and 2016.
“There are far too many cases of abuse and neglect happening in nursing homes and assisted living facilities,” said Brian Lee, executive director of Families for Better Care, a national advocacy organization for residents and their families. “We’ve been seeing cases for decades. This one incident in Florida shows how bad the problem can be.”
— KCTV5 News (@KCTV5) December 29, 2017
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