Video Shows Nursing Home Aides Taunting Woman, 91

Henrietta Strickland
August 12, 2019

In what a 91-year-old woman's family is calling a massive violation of trust, two IL nursing home aides allegedly filmed themselves taunting the woman, who has dementia, and then posted the video to Snapchat.

In the social media video post, Margaret Collins (above) appears to become increasingly upset and starts flailing her arms.

The clip shows elderly Margaret Collins clearly in distress at the Abington of Glenview as she repeatedly tries to throw off a hospital gown that keeps being put on top of her. The 91-year-old was known by workers at the nursing home to dislike hospital gowns.

The video was reportedly posted to Snapchat just before Christmas with the caption "Margaret hates gowns" and two laughing face emojis. Margaret Collins' family is now suing the Abington nursing home in Glenview for more than $1 million in damages, ABC 7 reports. Collins has since been moved to a different facility. Collins' daughter, Joan Biebel, told the station. "As it sunk in, I do have to admit, I was starting to feel a bit of nearly rage that somebody that we trusted to take care of our mom, that we thought she was absolutely safe and in a good place, was taking advantage of her".

Brayan Cortez and Jamie Montesa were both charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. They were placed on a six-day suspension but were fired after they were charged, according to Battersby Black.

Collins no longer lives in the facility and now suffers from anxiety, says her family which has filed a lawsuit naming Cortez, Montesa and the nursing home. Montesa told police that she thought the interaction made Collins uncomfortable and that she had filmed it without Collins's knowledge or permission.

Cortez and Montesa could not immediately be reached for comment.

Abington said it also "immediately terminated" the pair for violating "our standards and policies" when it found about the video filmed late past year. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported administrators initially concluded the allegations were unfounded after co-workers vouched for the pair.

Family members complained the terminations didn't happen fast enough, which for them was evidence the facility had turned a blind eye.

"My mom is a frail, small, kindhearted person", Biebel said. "You're just trying to figure out what the heck is happening here".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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