An aide at a northwestern Minnesota nursing home crammed a sock in the mouth of a screaming resident because the woman, elderly and in the late stages of dementia, wouldn't be quiet, according to a state Health Department report.
The report quotes a co-worker as saying, "What the hell are you doing?" as the incident unfolded on Jan. 4 in the resident's room at the Sunnyside Care Center in Lake Park.
The co-worker told an investigator that the nursing assistant "chuckled" and responded that the resident "wouldn't quit hollering," the report added. The co-worker then removed the sock from the resident's mouth.
The nursing assistant, who was hired in October 2009 at the care center east of Fargo, was fired.
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State: Nursing Home Aide Stuffed Sock in Dementia Patient's Mouth