A 25-year-old certified nursing aide has been accused of causing an injury to a resident of the Genesee County Nursing Home and failing to seek medical assistance.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says on March 27, 2013, Sarah Waclawski was transferring a 100-year-old resident who suffers from dementia from her wheelchair to her bed without the assistance of another staff member, despite that being a requirement of the woman’s individual care plan.
After getting the resident into her bed, authorities say Waclawski decided to put the woman back into her wheelchair, at which time the woman fell to the floor, hitting her head on the wheelchair and causing a gash.
With the woman on the floor, Waclawski then allegedly got the help of another aide to put the woman back into her bed. But she never advised a supervisor about the fall or sought medical assistance for the resident.
Around 15 to 20 minutes, a nurse came into the room and saw blood on the resident’s pillow. And an hour after the incident, a nurse saw Waclawski wiping the woman’s head as well as several used wipes that appeared to have blood on them.
Waclawski is charged with first degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. She pleaded not guilty and is due back in court next month.
If convicted, Waclawski faces a maximum of four years in prison.