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The 76-year-old victim’s mind was being ravaged by late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, but his body was being abused by hands that were supposed to care for him.grandfather

Now, the two certified nursing assistants in Florida accused of causing him harm have both pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison. A 30-year-old certified nursing assistant (CNA) must serve 18 months in prison followed by five years of probation for conviction on a single count of battery on an elderly person. Her former co-worker, a 36-year-old CNA, must serve five months of jail followed by five months of probation, plus complete a 26-week batterer’s intervention course. She too was convicted of felony battery on a person over the age of 65.

It’s difficult to comprehend why anyone would want to harm someone in such a vulnerable state. Yet it happens seemingly all the time. A study conducted by the minority staff of the Special Investigations Division of the House Government Reform Committee found elderly patients were abused at 1 in 3 facilities. That is horrifying, especially when you consider these crimes are often far underreported to start. 

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