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”

This is yet another tragic example of how so many of our elderly loved ones are being failed. If you or a loved one were abused or neglected in a New York or New Jersey nursing home contact us today.

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