Yesterday I was perusing the latest news regarding eldercare and caregivers and came across this most disturbing article. While the article itself was distressing enough, what made me even MORE infuriated were the comments written by its readers that followed. I have posted the article immediately below followed by a few of the comments.
Dementia Patients Victims of Slippery Prank
(08-03) 18:48 PDT UKIAH — Six employees of a Ukiah nursing home coated dementia patients with ointment as a prank, leaving them slippery for workers on the next shift, authorities said Tuesday.
The workers allegedly put ointment on the patients at the Valley View Skilled Nursing Facility from “head to foot,” said the office of Attorney General Jerry Brown. Because of their condition, the patients were unable to object.
“As part of a cruel and shocking prank, these caregivers abused defenseless elders,” Brown said in a written statement.
Charges were filed against Jenny Bido, 26; Christina Guerrero, 30; Jared Buckley, 29; Jennifer Burton, 33; Kathleen Phillips, 23; and Monica Smith, 51.
Bail was set at $7,500 each. The six workers were also fired.
E-mail Jill Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article appeared on page C – 3 of the San Francisco Chronicle
In fact, if you know someone with a couple of hyperactive toddlers – it might be a hoot to ointment them up and set them loose – since apparently joking with the elderly is a crime. (Me: WHAT??? Apparently???)
Posted by ‘badhairday’
“To me, not disgusting, but a SENSE of HUMOR.
They are concerned, I know they are from previous stories and how they acted.
Lighten up, this is a subject that, at times, needs levity.”