Nursing Home Employee Charged with Elder Abuse After Spanking Dementia Patient

A woman has been charged with felony elder abuse after spanking an elderly person who has Alzheimer’s disease at a nursing home. The 50-year-old former employe, was arrested Tuesday and was released on a $5,000 bond this week.

Investigators say that on May 28, the employee struck a female resident “on the lower back/buttocks approximately five times with an open hand to spank her when trying to get her to sit in a chair in the kitchen,” according to a police documents. A visitor at the facility witnessed the abuse.

The suspect's employment was terminated in June after working at the facility for just over a month. According to the facility administrator, the alleged incident was the only such incident involving the employee that she was aware of. The facility is a small facility with seven beds, only four of which are currently occupied. 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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