A 42-year-old woman from Salinas, California who was employed to look after an elderly person has pleaded no contest to elder abuse.
Daisy Yolanda Ramirez was hired in 2009 but over the course of the following few years Monterey Police and Fire Department responded to a number of calls to help the victim. It was later deemed by police officials that the woman was a victim of neglect by Ramirez.
Ramirez has not only been charged with elder abuse but also with failing to file her tax returns and fraudulently collecting benefits from the state.
Elder abuse and neglect is a serious issue in the United States. The question that arises from this case is who is vetting and monitoring the employees who work with elderly people? Without stringent background checks any negligent individual could end up in a role caring for an elderly person. Vulnerable older adults who need round the clock care and support place a huge amount of responsibility and trust into their caregivers. When this trust is broken the results can leave elderly victims at a higher risk of early death.
If you know someone who has been affected by elder abuse then contact the Brown Wharton & Brothers Law Firm today. There is no excuse for abuse and neglect of the elderly.