Three employees at a well-known Delaware County nursing home are facing appalling charges. The District Attorney’s Office is charging the Quadrangle nursing home workers with assaulting and neglecting an elderly patient – whose family recorded it all on a hidden camera.
The 78-year-old woman told her family she was being abused and according to court documents the family found marks on her body. The family said it told nursing home officials who said the claims could not be substantiated, and pointed to the woman’s dementia.
Delaware County District Attorney Michael Green said the family hid the camera in the woman’s room at the nursing home in Haverford.
“Although she’s a dementia patient, because they had a regular relationship with her – regular in that they visited her several times a week, they were on top of her care, and they were able to understand things that she was attempting to communicate to them – they were really in a good position to be suspicious,” Green said.
The kind of evidence gathering is not uncommon, said Churchill Huston, a Philadelphia area attorney who has represented victims of elder abuse and neglect. “We’re seeing more families turning to nanny cams and things of that nature because they just are not very trusting of what’s happening in nursing homes right now,” said Huston.
The District Attorney said the investigation continues.
Quadrangle Sunrise Senior Living could not be immediately reached for comment.