Two serious elder abuse cases in Bay Area nursing homes highlight the many different abuses inflicted upon seniors across the country by those entrusted to care for them. One of the incidents of elder abuse involved a 32-year-old San Francisco man who smothered an 87-year-old nursing home resident with a pillow in front of other nursing home staff and residents. The woman died in the incident and the attacker, a certified nursing assistant employed at the home for nearly ten years, had no previous criminal record or record of complaints against him.
The other elder abuse incident involved the theft of more than $50,000 from six elderly nursing home residents by a 51-year-old former assistant administrator of a Berkeley nursing home. In this case, the former administrator told her supervisor that one of their residents was being transferred to another nursing home. Instead, the woman moved the victim into her own home and started cashing her Social Security and pension checks. The victim reportedly received adequate care while in the woman’s home, but investigators found that the thief had also opened bank accounts for five other nursing home patients and transferred funds from those accounts into her own account.
“This is a shocking case of nursing-home abuse and a gross violation of trust,” said state Attorney General Jerry Brown.
The vast majority of people who care for the elderly are honest and hard-working people. However, elder abuse incidents spotlight the importance of protecting the rights of seniors. If you suspect abuse of a senior that you care for, call Southern California elder abuse attorney Samer Habbas today at 888.848.5084 for a free consultation. As an advocate of senior rights, he can provide guidance in the reporting of suspected abuse to the proper authorities and represent the abused senior in any civil litigation that may arise from the incident.