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.