For most families, deciding to place a parent or other family member in a nursing home marks the start of a difficult transition. There is often an extended period of stress, guilt and concern as everyone in the family adjusts to the new living situation. These negative feelings can be eased by a sense of trust and security in the nursing home and its staff. But if a family member has suspicions of neglect, abuse or mistreatment from nursing home staff, it is impossible to feel secure in the choice to place a loved one in that facility.
Last weekend, a New Jersey woman was walking home from a friend's house with her 14-year-old brother. When her brother dropped a ball into the street and in the path of an oncoming car, the woman ran out to retrieve it, apologizing to the driver and stating that it was an accident. Enraged, the driver got out of his car and began cursing and yelling at the woman, stating that he would "show you an accident". He backed up and drove toward the woman, intentionally striking her with his car.