New Elder Abuse and Neglect Low: Caregiver Takes Victim’s Wheelchair
A Rhode Island caregiver is accused of elder abuse, neglect, and financial elder abuse against her wheelchair-bound 75-year old victim. This case is a contender for the “Predatory Caregiver Hall of Shame.”
Tracy Anderson of Narragansett, RI, is facing felony charges for committing a variety of abusive acts against the elderly woman she was supposed to care for. Anderson’s “low lights” include:
- Not showing up to work: Anderson was hired though an agency to provide 40 hours of care a week. Instead the victim claims she came about two days a week for 10 minutes at a time.
- Neglecting to care for her elderly client: The victim was not bathed for two weeks!
- Coercing the victim to give up her ATM access codes, social security number, and bank account information.
- Convincing her victim to change her $14,000 life insurance policy to make Anderson the beneficiary.
But those offenses pale in comparison to Anderson’s ultimate act of cruelty…
Because of a stroke, the victim relied heavily on a wheelchair to move. In the eight months she cared for the victim, Anderson allegedly removed the wheelchair from the residence and removed the handicapped placard. While the victim struggled to move around the home, Anderson changed the locks on the front door.
Why did Anderson’s victim give her access to her financial accounts? According to the police statement “she feared Anderson would stop caring for her she did not.” This is a classic perpetrator/victim dynamic in elder abuse cases.
Worth noting: Anderson was placed at the victim’s home by a professional home care agency. And yes, they run background checks on all their employees. The agency also claims that registered nurses make unannounced visits to all clients. A lot of good that did the victim. According to reports, it was a third party who reported suspected abuse to the police.