Posted on 16. Nov, 2012 by Red
98-year-old patient sexually violated by San Diego home care nurses
A 98-year-old stroke victim was allegedly the victim of elder abuse after two nurses fondled her during sexual acts.
The woman, who has not being identified, hired two nurses, Russel Torralba and Alfredo Ruiz, to care for her in two 12-hour shifts after she suffered a stroke that paralyzed her, reports the Huffington Post.
The family suspected that their mother was not being taken care of properly and complaints to AMS Home Care Solutions yielded no solution, so the family set up a surveillance camera.
The footage, that was excessively obtained by San Diego 6 news that was taken between March 3, and March 11, 2011 shows one nurse kissing the woman and fondling her and the other nurse. It also shows them exposing themselves and masturbating reports XETZ.
“This family was paying $55 an hour, over $1500 a day and to have this happen in their own home in its greatest sense, is a violation of dignity, respect and trust,” said the families attorney, William Berman. Berman went on to say that although the woman was paralyzed she “understood everything.”
Torralba and Ruiz have had their licenses suspending pending the trial which bars them from working for any other home health agencies, but not from any other hospital settings.
San Diego 6 news learned that AMS Home Care Solutions has never been licensed by the California Department of Public Health to provide skilled nursing care. They applied for a license in May 2011, but it was never approved.
“It appears to show very egregious behavior,” CDPH spokesman Russ Heimerich told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I don’t know if we’ve ever had a case that has a video like this. We are working to shut them down.”
The two men and their employer are being sued for alleged fraud, elder abuse and negligent supervision and the hearing begins next week and the trial is set for Jan. 14.
On Monday, Taquita Lashay Watson, 29, a home caregiver was arrested after investigators learned she used a undisclosed sex toy on a 106-year-old bedridden woman in Pensacola, Fla.