ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A former employee of an Albany nursing home is accused of abusing an elderly patient.
51-year old Doretha Jones was arrested Wednesday and charged with battery of a patient in a care facility.
Investigators say Jones grabbed 87-year old James Richardson's arms and dug her fingernails into him at the Wynfield Park Health And Rehabilitation Center on West Third Avenue on October 30th.
Family members say Richardson is in hospice for heart problems and can't even sit up.
They say he was left bloody and bruised.
The facility administrator reported the incident to police and fired Jones.
Advocates say care patients and families should always report abuse, first to the administrator.
Ombudsman Coordinator Elaine Wilson said "No matter what it is. Empowering that resident to report it to the proper person in the nursing home is the absolute best way to handle situations."
You can also report abuse to police and to the Heath Care Facility Regulation Department of the Department of Community Health.
Jones is free on bond.
If convicted she could face up to five years in prison for the felony charge.