Cargivers Arrested after Police Find Elderly Woman Suffering from Severe Pressure Ulcers

According to the Department of Elderly Affairs, a couple was arrested last month on charges of elder abuse after a woman was found near death with a severe case of bedsores (also known as pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus sores, and decubitus ulcers). The man and woman arrested were care providers to the 78-year-old woman.

The woman was discovered after a concerned neighbor contacted police. According to police, they arrived to the victim’s home to the strong smell of cat urine. The woman, who was near death, had flies flying around her wounds and feces stuck to her legs. The woman was sent to the hospital and other intensive care facilities, but eventually died from the severity of her wounds. Doctors said if the police had not arrived, she would have died within a day or two.

Last month, the caregivers were arraigned and charged with one count each of felony elder abuse. According to police, the individuals were paid to provide up to 60 hours a week in care services. However, they lacked any professional training and admitted that the woman had been suffering from the sores for several months. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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