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New Jersey Health Aide Neglects Elderly Patient with Serious Injuries, Indicted on Elderly Neglect Charges
On Thursday, May 11th a New Jersey home health aide was indicted by a Morris Country grand jury on a third-degree neglect of an elderly or disabled person by a caretaker charge.
The home health aide reportedly refused to help her 90-year-old patient off of the floor after she fell while getting out of bed. The 90-year-old woman, who suffered from dementia and Alzheimer’s, sustained a head injury in the fall.
“Instead of helping the woman and determining whether medical help was needed, [the home health aide] remained seated with her legs up on the woman's wheelchair and scrolled through her cell phone, authorities said.
The woman remained on the floor for a prolonged period of time, and when [the health aide] allegedly approached her, she wiped the blood from her body and remarked to the effect that the woman would now remain in bed, authorities said”-NJ.com