Elder abuse: Over her not-quite-dead body

Most of the workers I met when my father was shuffled around the nursing homes of Boston were hard working, underpaid and often very caring. Some of the residents were  very difficult to deal with, at times abusive and racist. Still, the aides who take those jobs need to be trained to deal with abuse. I hope the guy in the first story below behaves a bit better at work. 

Caretaker links to the left.

FREEPORT, N.Y. – A nursing home worker let his ailing mother lie on the floor of their home for two days, stepping over her when he had to and not calling 911 until she was malnourished and dehydrated, police said yesterday.

 Closer to home…

 Nursing home aide charged with assault

Allegedly struck elderly resident

By Brian Ballou, Globe Staff  |  August 15, 2009

A nurse’s aide, accused of punching and threatening an 83-year-old nursing home resident who has Alzheimer’s disease, was arraigned in Malden District Court this week on assault and battery charges, authorities said.

The state attorney general’s office said that Marie Michel, 54, of Medford, punched the woman twice in the chest and stomach about 4 a.m. on Sept. 17, 2008, pushed her down onto her bed, and ordered her not to get up again. according to the state attorney general’s office. The elderly woman had gotten out of bed at the Epoch Senior Healthcare center in Melrose and was apparently wandering around her room when Michel allegedly entered and starting hitting her.

Investigators say that the victim’s roommate witnessed the attack and that an investigation was launched last October.

Some resources:

The Mass Family Caregiver Handbook

Mass Elder Abuse Hotline (1-800-922-2275)

SEIU 1199 — union for nursing home workers


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