A nursing assistant has lost her certification and her job after being caught abusing an elderly patient.
The abuse occurred at HCR ManorCare in Naples, Florida. The nursing assistant, Yverose Neus, was seen by a coworker punching a 98-year-old dementia patient.
The coworker who saw her said she “swung her closed fists and hit the back of Patient E.H.’s head twice. Patient E.H. attempted to stop Neus from hitting her by holding her hands up defensively.”
Luckily, the other employee stood up for the elderly woman and reported Neus’s behavior. Following the incident, Neus was fired and had her nursing assistant certification taken away. She’s held the certification for more than 20 years.
Sadly, it is not common for elderly people in care homes to be abused by their caretakers. Their lack of physical strength and the ability to speak up for themselves makes them especially vulnerable.
If you have any reason to believe that an elderly person may be being abused, please do not hesitate to speak up, either to the victim’s family, to someone else in charge of their care, or to local police if need be. No one deserves to be treated like this, least of all the most helpless and frail of our communities. We must stand by those who are vulnerable and protect them from harm.
Check out the video below to learn more about this distressing incident.
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