His diaper was saturated, not changed in over 12 hours. His dentures were never removed, never cleaned. His body was dirty, his fingernails long. No one shaved him.
The list of indignities goes on for Jack Evans and is indicative of the poor care he received while a resident at Potomac Center nursing home in Arlington, Virginia. Jack was partially paralyzed, had problems breathing, and could hardly move. He could not feed himself. His wife, Mary Kay Evans, said sometimes she would find his lunch covered and untouched in the evening. According to Mrs. Evans, “It was just dropped there, sometimes there would be roaches in the tray.” Mrs. Evans said she complained constantly during the seven years her husband was a resident at Potomac Center.
Using evidence obtained through a surveillance camera in Mr. Evans’ room, the Arlington Commonwealth’s attorney indicted eleven employees at the facility on a variety of charges ranging from assault and battery to neglect to forgery. One nurse at the facility was caught on camera holding a pillow over Mr. Evans’ face. Kadiatu Diallo, a nurse’s aide, was videotaped laughing while throwing popcorn at Mr. Evans. Diallo was convicted of assault.
Mary Kay Evans has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Genesis Healthcare, Potomac Center, and 35 other defendants for the injuries and indignities her husband suffered while a resident of the facility.