If you’re looking into home care for yourself or someone you love, it’s crucial to thoroughly research potential caregivers. Abusive and cruel people get hired as caregivers far too often. Recent stories of abuse include a World War II veteran neglected in his home; an elderly man scammed out of half a million dollars, then killed; and a blind couple with dementia who were tricked into signing over the deed to their home.
In another disturbing story, an autistic man was repeatedly beaten by his two caregivers. His mother decided to take him (Jamey), out of a group home; she hired two caregivers to come to her home. One of the employees came from a nursing home, the other from a school program—both programs told the woman they had run background checks on these employees, and that the employees had excellent references. But the mother set up a hidden camera in Jamey’s room, and within three weeks she discovered both caregivers (who worked separate shifts) were beating her son constantly. She brought the tape to the police, who charged the employees with aggravated assault. Though the care giving agencies claimed to check their workers’ backgrounds and found nothing, a Google search discovered that one of the caregivers had been charged and acquitted of second degree murder (of a baby), and also had a misdemeanor conviction for animal cruelty.
Government regulation is sorely lacking around caregiving; victims in these abuse cases are usually unable to defend themselves. Sherriff Sgt. Mark Varanue of the Department of Elder Abuse Unit in San Diego, says of the victims, “These people are prisoners in their own homes. There is no way to summon aid, no ability to pick up the phone, sometimes they are medicated or overmedicated and confined to beds.” Before inviting anyone into your home to provide care, make sure you know who they really are. And, if a caregiver is tending for a loved one, be an active observer; missing property, visible bruising, and uncleanliness are all signs something could be wrong. Searching for people’s records on Google is one way to gather information, checking public criminal records is another.
More than 30% of nursing homes in the country experience some form of resident abuse. If you believe a loved one has been abused or neglected at a nursing home, or even in your home, contact Mike Agruss Law, at 312-224-4695 for a free consultation. Mike Agruss Law, represents victims of nursing home abuse and neglect throughout Illinois. We will handle your case quickly, advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. This litigation strategy will provide you with the best possible compensation.
Plus, Mike Agruss Law, does not get paid attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. Therefore, you have nothing to risk when you hire our firm—just the opportunity to seek justice. Protect your loved one’s rights by contacting us today.