A North Carolina nursing home assistant has been released after assaulting a disabled elderly resident at the StoneCreek Health & Rehabilitation Center in Asheville. The perpetrator of the Asheville assault, 34-year-old Tryquissa Maria Liverman, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault of a disabled individual.
The arrest occurred Aug. 15, 2019, at the corporate for-profit nursing home, StoneCreek Health & Rehabilitation. StoneCreek is owned by the national nursing home corporation Sanstone Health and Rehabilitation. Sanstone has been making headlines across the nation in the past six months with its rapid expansion of locations, drawing attention locally in North Carolina and in more northerly states such as New Jersey for their multi-million dollar leases and purchases of nursing home facilities. The news of the Asheville assault has unfortunately drawn negative attention towards one of the corporation’s holdings in North Carolina.
The Citizen Times attempted to reach out to the corporately-owned StoneCreek Health & Rehabilitation center but the center refused to comment on Liverman’s employment status or the Asheville assault. After two attempts to speak with an administrator, an unidentified individual hung up on reporters.
According to the Asheville Sheriff’s Department, Liverman had repeatedly pinched residents and even struck them in the face. Sheriff’s office spokesman Aaron Sarver told sources that the nursing home had reported the assaults and Adult Protective Services will be filing actions as well.
Tryquissa Liverman has been released on the condition that she return to court to be tried at a later date. The Asheville has drawn a large amount of local attention, as have a number of emergent stories across the nation about the depths of elderly abuse in nursing homes and at the hands of certified nursing assistants. Fortunately, with transparency comes advocacy and the presence of these stories that present the problem in its many forms make forcing lawmakers to take action easier by preventing arguments of ignorance.
For more information about physical abuse, visit the National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys’ Physical Abuse Page.