Two caretakers at Bancroft Neurohealth in Mt. Laurel have been arrested for allegedly physically abusing a patient at the facility for disabled children and adults.
25-year-old Martha Ruiz and 24-year-old Kendall Crouch have been accused of abusing a disabled man while working at Bancroft Neurohealth in June 2018. Police say the two women hit the victim in his face, twisted him by the hand and wrist, kept him restrained to his bed by force, and shoved a towel soaked with urine in his face.
Ruiz and Crouch have both been charged with several offenses, including third-degree conspiracy, third-degree neglect of a disabled person, and fourth-degree endangering another person.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent represents victims of abuse in assisted living facilities in nursing homes, helping them and their families find justice. Brian has offered to share some info on the legal options available to individuals in this difficult situation:
Caretakers have a big responsibility to make sure the people under their watch are safe. This includes providing them with the care they need and making sure they are always treated with respect. While most caretakers are kind-hearted people who genuinely care about the people they serve, there have also been numerous cases of emotional, sexual, and physical abuse in assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the country.
When a patient is abused by a caretaker, there are many concerns to consider. The perpetrators must be brought to justice, the victim must be provided with the support they need in a safe environment, and in some cases, the facility where the abuse occurred also deserves to be held accountable for failing to prevent the abuse through negligence. Many cases of assisted living facility abuse may have been prevented if it weren't through negligence, such as failing to run background checks before hiring caretakers.
In cases of negligence, the victims of abuse in assisted living facilities may have grounds for a lawsuit. If you or a loved one has recently become a victim, you can learn more about your family's legal options by speaking with an experienced assisted living facility abuse lawyer.