Abuse of any kind is shocking, and when the abuse is committed against the elderly, it can be devastating. Recently, a Stoughton, Massachusetts nurse was indicted on felony elder abuse charges, for permitting serious injury to her 75-year-old patient. In the United States, elder abuse has become a serious concern, with hundreds of thousands of incidents occurring each year.
On February 21, 2014, registered nurse Sandra Lucien-Calixte, 48, was charged with felony elder abuse in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Members of the Stoughton Fire Department found the victim—a frail, ailing 75-year-old woman—in a small (8′ x 10′), cold basement room in a Palisades Circle home. The room’s thermostat read 51 degrees and the woman was dehydrated, malnourished and suffered severe bedsores, exposing her bone. The grand jury indicted the defendant.
Berkowitz and Hanna LLC takes these cases seriously and works hard to ensure that the abuser is held accountable. Unfortunately, many cases go unreported. Friends and family should visit loved ones often and at different times throughout the day. Also, watch out for signs of abuse and report any changes in behavior, unexplained bruises or broken bones, bedsores, signs of malnutrition, or any other signs that wrongdoing has occurred.
Note: Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not represent any of the parties in this case.
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