Three caretakers, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, and  Marilyn Latish McKey, were arrested in North Carolina and charged with assaulting individuals with disabilities. The women where employed at Danby House an assisted living facility run by Affinity Living. The facility specializes in patients with Alzheimer’s. Back in June, multiple videotapes were produced. 

According to NBC “Investigators from Winston-Salem police and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services began looking into the center, where the three women worked, after receiving a tip, as first reported by the Winston-Salem Journal.

McKey’s, Tyson’s and Jordan’s alleged encouragement of the fights among residents happened in June and resulted “in one resident being strangled with her face turning red … while staff recorded and shared the video through social media,” a state Division of Health Service Regulation report found.

One of the three women was heard telling an elderly resident with dementia who was fighting another resident to “punch her in the face,” the state report said, citing video of the incident. Another staff member could be heard saying, “Are you recording?” and “You gonna send it to me?” the report said.

The women sometimes themselves became physically aggressive with the residents, the report said, with video showing one of them assaulting a resident while another filmed the incident”.  The suspects are scheduled to appear in court on November 14th. 

What is elder abuse?

The NCOA (National Council on Aging) defines abuse as,”Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment. Perpetrators include children, other family members, and spouses—as well as staff at nursing homes, assisted living, and other facilities.

How common is elder abuse?

According to NCOA’s website, “approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities”. Famous actor Mikey Rooney filed charges against his stepson for elder abuse. Mikey claimed his identification, credit cards, and  everything that would go in a wallet was taken from him. The refrigerator was locked so he could not get food. He had no access to his finances and suffered physical abuse from his 8th wife.

How can I stop elderly abuse?

There are many ways to prevent and stop elder abuse,

  •  one of the important things will be to house them close to family if possible. That way people can stop in all the time and check on their housing conditions. 
  • Keep in contact with them which would include getting them a medical alert system. 
  • Warn them of possible scams that are common and current 
  • If you must place them in a facility do your research and make sure the facility is highly rated.
  • Keep them in charge of their own finances for as long as possible Elders are less likely to become victims of financial abuse if they know where their money is going 
  • Screen the caregivers that will have contact with your Elder setup clear and define ground rules for the caregivers to avoid theft of identity or monetary means.

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