Two former caregivers at a Long Island nursing home are facing up to seven years in prison for their role in a shocking display of elderly abuse.
According to a report from CBS2 in New York, Raquel Bouton, a nurse, and Laura Harper, a care aide, appeared in court this week and are charged with abusing an elderly dementia patient at Woodhaven Nursing Home in Port Jefferson, N.Y. The pair face charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person.
The incident that led to these charges has been called “absolutely disgraceful” by New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. According to the CBS report and the charges filed against the women, the caregivers allegedly were punishing the resident at Woodhaven Nursing Home because he had refused to take a shower. The resident is a nearly deaf elderly dementia patient.
The two women are accused of tying his arms above his head with garbage bags, placing a pillow over his head, and punching him repeatedly. The resident has since died, passing earlier this year. The alleged abuse happened sometime last year and accusations of the abuse prompted an investigation by Schneiderman’s office.
Second Incident In One Year Span
This incident is the second case of abuse of residents at the Long Island nursing home in the last year. Earlier this year, two employees of Woodhaven Nursing Home were charged with taking humiliating photos of residents under their care. Photos were taken of residents covered in feces and in other debasing situations. Two employees were charged with spying on residents.