April 7, 2011
Three workers at the Quadrangle nursing home in Haverford, Pennsylvania who were caught on camera abusing an elderly woman with dementia have been arrested. The family of the victim installed a hidden camera in the woman’s room after they suspected nursing home abuse.
Video from the hidden camera shows one worker hitting the elderly woman in the face and head while trying to pull a shirt over her head. Video also shows the dementia patient without a shirt on, trying to cover herself as the three workers taunted her and pull at her ears, which were very sensitive without her hearing aids. The victim is also shown trying to leave the room repeatedly but being pulled back by the workers.
Among the charges against the workers are aggravated assault, simple assault, criminal conspiracy, harassment, and neglect of a care-dependent person.
The family of the victim, who has noticed bruises on the elderly woman in the past, say she has suffered lasting physical issues from the abuse.
Victims and family members of those abused in nursing homes are encouraged to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer as soon as they suspect abuse.