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Aide Jailed For Narcotics Substitution And Abusing A 93 Year Old Nursing Home Resident

CONTACT: Linda A. Purdy, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5332

January 26, 2011

An aide formerly employed at Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community was sentenced to a jail term yesterday based on her conviction for the abuse of a 93 year old resident of the nursing home. Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Keri Greenwood, age 27, of Claremont, New Hampshire, pled guilty yesterday in Vermont Superior Court for Windsor County on charges of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult and Possession of a Narcotic, both misdemeanors. The charges stem from Ms. Greenwood’s employment as a Resident Assistant at the facility located in Windsor, Vermont. Ms. Greenwood removed fourteen Oxycodone pills, a narcotic painkiller, from a medication pack prescribed to the 93 year old resident for pain relief. Ms. Greenwood admitted to substituting the missing pills with a potentially dangerous antipsychotic drug, Risperdone, in place of the resident’s Oxycodone. Her actions deprived the elderly resident of her painkiller and put the resident at grave risk by exposing her to a powerful antipsychotic drug which she was not prescribed.

As a result of her convictions, Ms. Greenwood received a total sentence of 16 to 24 months, all suspended with the defendant serving 30 days in jail. The court also imposed special probation conditions which will prohibit her from providing direct care to vulnerable adults and working in any setting where she would have access to narcotics. Ms. Greenwood was also ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. Attorney General Sorrell emphasized that “We owe it our elderly and their loved ones to make sure that they are protected from abuse and given the care they deserve in our Vermont nursing homes.”

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