Very few in Sangamon County ever anticipate losing the ability to care for themselves. Yet such is the state many find themselves in later in life or after a serious illness or injury. Surrendering one's care to another, particularly in a care center or nursing home setting, can be extremely difficult to deal with, and thus he or she deserves respect and comfort from caregivers in such a situation. Yet sadly, there are times when those entrusted to care for residents in such a setting lose patience with them or, worse yet, cruelly abuse them. Such elder abuse often goes unchecked due to the fact that victims fear the abusers or are simply unable to communicate what's happening to others.
Often, it takes the intervention of concerned family to catch caregivers in the act of nursing home abuse. Such was the case at an Arizona care center, where the son of an elderly resident hid a camera in the woman's room after he suspected that members of the staff were abusing her. HIs fears proved well-founded, as his camera caught footage of two different employees striking the woman, tossing her out of her wheelchair onto her bed or chair, and pulling off her clothing and throwing it at her. Both employees were arrested and charged with vulnerable adult abuse.