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Nursing Home Workers Sentenced For Making Patients Slippery

August 12, 2011

Two nursing home workers who were accused of rubbing down elderly dementia patients with ointment so they would be "slippery" have been sentenced to 20 days in jail for their crimes.

Two nursing home workers accused of rubbing down elderly patients with ointment so they would be “slippery” aren’t going to slip out of serving time.

Monica Rose Smith, 52, and Jennifer Louise Burton, 34, have been sentenced to 20 days in county jail for orchestrating the 2009 incident involving seven patients with dementia at Valley View Skilled Nursing facility in Ukiah, Calif.

The duo were also placed on two years probation after being found guilty of misdemeanor charges of elder abuse, the Ukiah Daily Journal reported.

In addition, Jared Buckley was also found guilty of misdemeanor elder abuse, and ordered to serve 150 hours of community service and placed on two years probation. Two other defendants, ­ Jennie Bido and Christine Boyd-Guerrero, ­ were found guilty of failure to report elder abuse and received two years probation. They were ordered to perform 100 hours of community service each.

All five have had their nursing assistant licenses revoked by the state for crimes occurring in November 2009.

The nursing assistants were accused of creating a prank where they coated seven elderly patients from head to foot in ointment so they would be slippery when the staff for the next shift arrived, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

The Mendocino County district attorney says none of the seven patients who were layered head to foot in the ointment was injured, according to AZcentral.com.

However, California Gov. Jerry Brown called the incident “cruel and shocking.”

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