As elder abuse lawyers, we want to increase the awareness of elder and nursing home abuse and hopefully help prevent the elderly from falling victim to all different forms of elder abuse. We want to encourage people that, even if they find themselves being taken advantage of physically, mentally or financially, it is never too late to escape the abuse. If you are not being taken care of or treated with dignity and respect by a caretaker, it is time to escape the situation. By alerting someone you trust, you can take the first step towards bettering you’re situation. Do not be afraid to call 911 or an ambulance if you need medical attention because of neglect or abuse.
Woman Rushed to the Hospital for Severe Weight Loss and Bedsores
Lea Marie Hughes, 36, was arrested for vulnerable adult abuse of the 64-year-old woman that she had been caring for. Hughes, her boyfriend, and her two children moved into the home of the victim five years ago so Hughes could begin caring for the woman who has multiple sclerosis and has been bedridden for two years. When a visitor recently came to the house, the elderly woman asked that person to take a picture of her back. When the victim saw how bad the bedsore on her back was she asked to be taken to the hospital. At the Tucson Medical Center they discovered that the bedsore was open to the bone. The victim weighed 90 pounds and needed a blood transfusion.
When the police began to investigate Hughes, they discovered that the home was littered with garbage, maggot infested rotten food, dog feces, urine, and vomit. The victim told police that Hughes gave her one sponge bath a week, only allowed her to drink one and a half quarts of liquid a day (so she would not have to use the bathroom), and only fed her between 700 and 1,000 calories per day. She said that she had only been outside twice and had not seen a doctor in over a year. She kept a diary of all of the abuse that she suffered under Hughes’ care. Hughes and her family were evicted from the victim’s home and all power of attorney privileges were revoked. She is facing charges of elder and child abuse as well as suspicion of unlawful imprisonment and emotional abuse of a vulnerable adult. The victim saw an opportunity to save herself from the abuse she was suffering and took advantage of it.
Elder Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your loved one is currently under the care of an individual, or they are a resident of a nursing home or care facility, and you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate, contact the Mininno Law Office to speak with elder abuse lawyers for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.