Abuse of social media is nothing new. From cases of doxing, (sharing private information on the internet) to online bullying, internet trolls have made it their mission to harm others online. Unfortunately, abusing social media is no longer just in the realm of hackers and internet trolls. Our Denver nursing home abuse lawyer is sad to report that even nursing home caregivers have been exposed for abusing their charges on social media.
One prominent case took place in Colorado in August of 2015. A young volunteer at Yuma Life Care Center shared a Snapchat selfie that included a 108 year old resident urinating. The image that exposed the resident’s bare backside was shared with her school friends, but ultimately uncovered a system seriously lacking in volunteer coordination and monitoring that could leave residents vulnerable to many types of abuse.
Public interest research group ProPublica has uncovered dozens of similar cases from across the country. As the list of documented incidents grows, it is almost certain that many more incidents are happening without public oversight or legal intervention.
At Shafner Law, our attorneys and staff are committed to helping the families of nursing home residents get the dignity and safe care they deserve. If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect of any kind, please call our experienced Denver nursing home abuse lawyer today at (303) 872-6966 for your free consultation.