Neglect in personal care homes lawyers: Private homes abuse also
Attention has been given to the abuse and sometimes appalling neglect of residents in personal care homes, but frightening and tragic allegations of similar offenses can also be found in private homes. Neglect in personal care homes lawyers champion the cause of families whose loved ones are treated poorly in institutionalized care centers, but a recent and shocking discovery in Pennsylvania shows that there is also a need to protect those who are receiving care in private homes. In the tragic case of a 70-year-old woman whose care was provided by a couple living in a private home, the issue of care or protection is no longer relevant -- she died, and the husband and wife who were her caregivers are being charged with third-degree murder.
The couple is also facing charges of theft and receiving stolen property charges as the authorities allege that the caregivers used more than $110,000 of the elderly and infirm woman's trust fund for their own use, including vacations. After police responded to the couple's home and found the woman dead, an autopsy revealed that she had died from a combination of dehydration and from choking on her own vomit. The death was officially ruled a homicide.
The couple was apparently paid more than $110,000 from the woman's trust fund over a two-year period; an amount which the authorities allege was never used for her care. In addition to the trust fund payments, the couple also collected the woman's $1,300 per month social security payment. Police claim that the elderly woman was not provided with even the most basic care and was denied food, liquids, and proper medical attention.
An examination of bank records by authorities confirmed the amounts the husband and wife received. They were arraigned before a district judge and sent to a Pennsylvania county jail where they are being held without bail. The case involving the Pennsylvania couple is a somewhat isolated occurrence -- when issues of neglect occur, they are usually within an institutionalized care setting and neglect in personal care homes lawyers play a vital role in assisting families to successfully address matters of poor or inadequate treatment.
lehighvalleylive.com, "Monroe County couple allegedly neglected 70-year-old woman to collect trust fund payments," Sarah M. Wojcik, July 10, 2013