Unfortunately, sometimes the very people who are responsible for the care of elders are the very same people who abuse them. Two alarming cases of elder abuse by caregivers made national headlines this past week. Both cases involved caregivers working in nursing homes in the San Francisco Bay Area; one case involved the deliberate murder of a patient, and the other involved financial elder abuse.
A 37 year-old certified nursing home assistant, Maximo Hong Fajardo Jr., intentionally smothered 87 year-old Barbara McIver with a pillow in front of other patients and staff members. Fajardo had been a certified nursing home assistant for over ten years, but had been employed at the
Former Nursing Home Administrator Accused of Financial Abuse of Residents
Giron is currently being held in lieu of $365,000 bail and has been charged with multiple counts of elder abuse and theft from elder or dependent adults by a caretaker, kidnapping to commit another crime, and false imprisonment.
Unfortunately these are not isolated incidents. According to the San Francisco Examiner, one out of 20 elders in