Benton County Elderly Care Provider Suspended for Patient Assault
The Washington State Department of Health has immediately suspended the credentials of a Benton County in-home healthcare provider, as they are accused of assault on a disabled patient.
According to the Department of Health, nursing assistant James O. Dickerson (who has been practicing nursing since 2013) allegedly assaulted a disabled person in a home where he was providing care. The alleged incident occurred in March of this year, the official suspension handed down today. No word on which specific home it occurred in.
He has been accused of 4th Degree assault in Benton County court. The Health Department says he was captured on video. The victim in question is disable, blind, unable to speak or talk and totally dependent upon the care of the providers.
Dickerson was providing services through Addus Homecare, an in-home healthcare agency. His license and ability to practice have been suspended, pending the standard appeals hearing process. Addus is a Texas-based company that provides in-home health care throughout the country.
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