Home Health Aide Charged with Abusing Elderly Dementia Patient

A woman who abused an elderly patient was sentenced to probation this week. The 53-year-old woman was convicted of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person after a jury trial that ended in November. She had faced up to a year in jail, but on Wednesday she was sentenced in criminal court to three years of probation and five days of community service.

For two weeks in 2008, the woman worked as a home health aide inside the home of the 86-year-old victim, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. On October 15, 2008, the aide pulled the victim away from a chair that the victim was leaning on, causing her to fall. The aide then left the victim lying face down on the floor. After watching television  for 20 minutes, the aide grabbed the victim by the ankles and dragged her across the room.

The victim’s daughter later arrived at the house and found her mother on the floor. At that point she had been on the floor for over an hour.  The incident was captured on surveillance video set up by the victim’s son. Following the incident, the victims family reported the aide to the District Attorney's Elder Abuse Unit. 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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