Severe Case of Neglect and Financial Exploitation by In-Home Caregiver

A woman has been charged with neglect of a disabled man for whom she was paid to feed and care for in her home.The 45 year old caretaker was arraigned Wednesday on the first- degree felony charges of neglect of a care-dependent person and aggravated assault, and misdemeanor counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and identity theft, according to the criminal complaint filed by police.

The victim is a man in his 40's who suffers from cerebral palsy. He told investigators that in the months leading up to his collapse in August, his caretaker stopped feeding and bathing him regularly. Doctors found him covered in bed sores so deep they would require plastic surgery to repair. His teeth were also decaying and he weighed just 90 pounds.

The investigation began in August when the man collapsed and stopped breathing during a meeting to discuss his current care with his caretaker, family, and doctors.The man was admitted to the hospital Aug. 19, where doctors found he was suffering from severe malnutrition,dehydration and multiple infections, including an antibiotic- resistant staph infection.

The investigation revealed that the man had moved into the caretakers home 11 years ago under the agreement that she would provide 72 hours of care a week. The man told police that in recent months he was cared for very little. He said he was rarely bathed, fed, and given his medication. He told a nurse at the hospital that he was sometimes "fed" only cans of soda pop.

Upon arriving at the hospital the man was afraid he would be in trouble, but said it felt good to be cared for there. He also said that his caretaker was cashing his social security checks and told her children to "thank him for providing for them."

When Police interviewed the woman she acknowledged that she was the man's caregiver but claims she did nothing wrong in the way she treated him. 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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