An elderly Queens woman suffering from dementia was tied up with bedsheets by her caregiver, and it was all captured on hidden camera. According to reports, the victim’s daughter – who hired the caregiver – installed a hidden camera to keep tabs on the care her mother was receiving.
Video clearly showed the caregiver wrapping the victim in the bedsheets – essentially wrapping her like a mummy.
Thankfully, the daughter saved the footage and reported the incident to authorities. The caregiver, however, has seemingly vanished but law enforcement are looking for her.
Elder Abuse in New York
The New York Office of Victim Services has confirmed that there have been over 7,000 claims of elder abuse in the past three years. That’s definitely a high number, and the actual number is most likely much higher since – according to the National Center on Elder Abuse – only one in 14 cases of elder abuse are actually reported.
Recognizing Elder Abuse
Abuse of the elderly can be carried out in multiple ways, including physical and emotional abuse, financial exploitation, sexual abuse, abandonment and neglect.
In an earlier blog entry, we wrote of the warning signs of elder abuse and how to recognize them. These can include:
- Unexplained bruising, bedsores, bleeding or physical discomfort
- Changes in the patient’s power of attorney and will
- Sudden weight loss
- Changes in behavior
Reporting Elder Abuse & Nursing Home Neglect in New York
If you suspect elder abuse, your first priority is to report it to the authorities. To do that, call 888-201-4563 or go online to the NY State Department of Health.
Your next call should be to the Fitzgerald Law Firm. We’ve been serving clients for 42 years, and understand the true horror stories associated with elder abuse. We’re very passionate about these issues and holding those responsible accountable. Call us for a free consultation at (602) 225-2222 for a free consultation.