Two Women Arrested For Elder Abuse
The elderly should be respected, but unfortunately, they are often taken advantage of. They may be neglected or abused. In some cases, the elderly victims are seriously injured or killed.
Fortunately, a dementia patient was not injured or killed, but she was abused by two staff members at a nursing home. The two women, ages 18 and 20, were arrested in early April. They are both out of jail on bond but have been fired from their jobs.
The two women worked as senior-care nurse assistants at Market Street Memory Care in Viera. The incident happened on April 3. Someone working at the facility found a video livestream of the two women abusing a dementia resident. The women could be seen shouting at and making fun of the dementia patient, an unidentified woman. In the video, the two women were tormenting the senior citizen, who has memory and behavioral issues.
The 18-year-old woman opened her Snapchat account on her phone and filmed her and the other woman as they verbally abused the patient. The two nursing assistants repeatedly called the patient an “embarrassment” while she was using the bathroom.
The two women were arrested on April 7. They face multiple felonies ranging from elderly abuse to video voyeurism. The woman who filmed the incident on social media faces an additional charge of illegal interception of communication.
Fortunately, the victim had no injuries. The woman is being provided with comfort and care. Market Street Memory Care is working with the victim, her family, and law enforcement to ensure that justice is served.
The facility is upset by the situation. They are taking the abuse very seriously. Market Street Memory Care immediately terminated the two women. The facility calls the footage ”abhorrent” and emphasizes that the women’s actions go against the facility’s standards.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Department is disgusted by the situation. It’s bad enough to abuse someone, especially an elderly person. What makes it more disgusting is that the abuse was ecorded and live-streamed for others to see.
Fortunately, incidents like these are not the norm. Still, elder abuse is more common than people tend to think. It has been on the rise since the COVID pandemic. This recent incident is a reminder that a lot of work needs to be done to protect vulnerable elderly and disabled citizens. The facility is working closely with local and state officials to address these issues. Family members looking for nursing homes for loved ones need to be mindful of the facility they choose.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Personal injury often occurs due to accidental behavior, but it’s especially devastating when the injuries happen on purpose. Nursing home abuse is often intentional and should not happen.
Has your loved one been a victim? If so, a Bradenton personal injury lawyer from Cahall Law Firm can help you with your case. To schedule a free consultation, call (941) 281-2019 or fill out the online form.