A healthcare worker tasked with caring for patients at a Wisconsin assisted-living facility lost her job recently after she allegedly shot a short video of a nearly nude resident and posted it on Snapchat.
ProPublica reports that the incident, just the latest in a string of cases in which employees have posted dehumanizing photos of seniors on social media, culminated in a felony charge for the 21-year-old former employee.
According to the criminal complaint against the nursing assistant, who faces up to three and a half years in prison for the charge of taking a nude photo without consent, the video showed a 93-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia sitting on a bed “in a bra and no underwear and no pants.”
The assistant admitted to posting the video, noting the decision “was immoral and very terribly wrong.”
The assisted-living facility tells ProPublica that it launched an investigation into the incident as soon as it learned about the video and notified state regulators.
ProPublica reports that there have been at least 16 other cases of workers at nursing homes and assisted-living centers sharing photos or videos of residents on Snapchat.
For more information on the trend of guardianship abuses and the misuse of social media by nursing home employees check out the whole story on ProPublica.