Nursing Assistant Arrested for Elder Abuse

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A nursing assistant has been arrested for allegedly grabbing and pulling on a nursing home resident’s genitalia on multiple occasions. The center has won high ratings and recognition for their quality of care, and administration at the center has cooperated fully with the investigation.

State agents on Wednesday arrested three nursing home workers in Sunnyvale on suspicion of elder abuse, after authorities allege one of the assistants yanked on an elderly man’s genitalia, and two other employees who knew did nothing about it.

Agents from the California Department of Justice arrested Arnold Samson, 27, of San Jose, a certified nursing assistant who has since been let go from Idylwood Care Center on West Fremont Avenue. He faces charges of committing elder abuse and battery against a resident of a skilled nursing home in January.

While questioning the resident about who was touching him, the employee saw Samson approach the elderly man, grab his genitalia, and make a crude comment, according to state agents. This nursing assistant reported the abuse right away, and Samson was suspended, the statement said. [Source]

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, while exact statistics are not recorded, it is estimated that “between 1 and 2 million Americans age 65 or older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection.” A mere 1 in 14 cases are brought to the attention of authorities. For more information on this issue, please visit the website for the National Center on Elder Abuse, a department of the Administration on Aging. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 5 million Americans who are aged 85 and older, and more than 1.5 million nursing home residents.

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