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New AHCA Guide to Cover Nursing Home Social Media Abuse

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 28, 2016 in Nursing Home Abuse

AHCA NHA guidelinesThe use of social media to shame and embarrass nursing home residents has become a prevalent problem, enough so that a training kit has been produced by the American Health Care Association on social media usage.

The training kit will provide an explanation of different social media platforms and make recommendations for employee usage policies and instructions on filing a report for improper social media usage. Distribution of the kits began in mid-June.

The training kit was formed after Sen. Charles Grassley began questioning what social media platforms were doing to prevent exploitive posts created by nursing home employees. The posts would sometimes feature degrading photos, comments or videos of residents without their knowledge or consent.

In March, Sen. Grassley sent a letter to the Attorney General after ProPublica identified at least three dozen instances since 2012 of social media nursing home abuse. At least 16 cases involved Snapchat, wherein photos appeared for a few seconds and then disappeared. The dozens of instances reported by ProPublica were those that were public as a result of criminal charges. There are many more instances of social media nursing home abuse that go unnoticed and unreported.

In 2016, there have been at least two instances in which a nursing home employee faced criminal charges for sharing inappropriate images or video on Snapchat.

Sen. Grassley has also sent letters to executives at Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram asking the companies to determine if they have any measures in place to prevent this type of content from being posted.

When nursing home staff engages in this type of abuse, they are violating the basic human rights and privacy of residents and should be held responsible for their actions.

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