Palm Beach County Nursing Home Worker Arrested for Elder Abuse in Florida
Phillina Anderson, a Palm Beach County resident, has been arrested for allegedly abusing an elderly nursing home resident at a South Florida facility.
Law enforcement officers with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit apprehended Anderson after a witness reported seeing Anderson strike an 89-year-old Alzheimer’s patient across the face.
At the time of the alleged assault, Anderson was working at the Glades Health Care Center in Pahokee. A witness said she heard Anderson tell the patient to shut up and then she slapped the elderly woman in the face so hard that the victim cried out. Anderson’s supervisor reported the attack to authorities.
Anderson is charged with one count of abuse of an elderly person. She could face up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
If you think that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, you should look into the situation immediately. Often, a person is at a nursing home because he or she is ill or physically weak and needs the help and care of others. If your loved one is being abused, he or she may not be able to even speak out about what is happening.
Some common symptoms of nursing home abuse and neglect:
• Extreme agitation by the victim
• Rocking, biting, or sucking
• Not wanting to be around people
• Unexplained bruises, scratches, or broken bones
• Extreme and quick weight gain or weight loss
• Wrongful Death
Abuse at nursing homes and of the elderly can consist of physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.
Abuse of the elderly where the victim has grounds to file a claim or lawsuit does not always have to occur at a nursing home. It can even occur at the elderly person's home. Elder abuse is a growing problem in the United States.
Nursing Home Employee Charged in Patient Abuse, North County Gazette, September 11, 2007
Related Web Resources:
Elder Abuse Prevalence and Incidence, Elder Abuse Center
Nursing Home Abuse Resource
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