Caretaker Accused of North Carolina Elder Abuse in Beating of 91-Year-Old Woman

January 27, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

Police in Kings Mountain have charged Lisa Parson Jones with assault on a handicapped person. Jones is the live-in caretaker of a 91-year-old woman. She is accused of beating the elderly senior and throwing her across a room.

Unfortunately, North Carolina elder abuse is not uncommon. While nursing home abuse is what usually makes headlines, in private homes in the US there are also sick and elderly persons that are the victims of elder abuse, neglect, and financial abuse. Sometimes, the caretaker is a family member. In other instances, the caretaker is a professional who was hired from an agency, or independently, to provide private nursing care to a sick, frail, or mentally ill person.

Elder abuse is a crime and can cause serious injury or illness to the victim. Unfortunately, because elder abuse in the home occurs in a private setting, it often goes undetected—especially when a relative is the perpetrator.

In the event that you discover that your loved one is the victim of elder abuse or neglect by a caretaker, you should contact a Gaston County nursing home abuse law firm right away. Among those most susceptible to caretaker abuse are patients who have trouble speaking or communicating, cannot physically defend themselves, or who are suffering from Alzheimer’s. Physical abuse, sexual assault, verbal abuse, medical neglect, “forgetting” to feed a patient or administer medications as scheduled, stealing money from a patient, or getting/him or her to add the caretaker’s name to a will are just a few examples of caretaker abuse.

Police: Caretaker beat 91-year-old woman, Charlotte Observer, January 27, 2011

Related Web Resources:
National Center on Elder Abuse

What is Elder Abuse?, Administration on Aging


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