It’s a story that continues to hamper some aspects of in home care; a home health care aide has been accused of abusing an elderly client. In this most recent case that’s making national headlines, 59 year old Brenda Floyd is wanted by authorities for allegedly hitting a 94-year old client.
The elderly woman, who is dealing with dementia, has been relying on Ms. Floyd’s care and support for a couple of years, but when the victim’s family noticed bruises on her body recently, they installed a ‘nest’ camera. This is a type of hidden surveillance commonly referred to as a ‘nanny cam.’
What they discovered when they reviewed the footage was disturbing. Even the police who investigated this crime called the vicious act as some of the most disturbing they’ve seen of this kind of abuse in their career.
In the Fox News article, Cops hunt home health care workers caught striking 94-year-old patient, it was reported:
“She comes up behind her, starts berating her and actually slaps her in the side and back of the head,” explains Asst. Chief Schultz. “As the lady gets up and is trying to work her way to get back to her bedroom with the assistance of a walker the caregiver continues to follow behind her, yelling at her and continues to strike her.”
The 94-year-old patient is diagnosed with dementia. Her adult children set up a camera when they saw bruises and they thought something had gone wrong.”
The victim’s family told authorities that they felt something had gone wrong with the level of care and support their mother was receiving and the authorities ultimately agreed. The footage is considered extremely disturbing to view.
Brenda Floyd is currently considered a fugitive at large and authorities are seeking help from the public to locate her. The family of the victim had also allegedly assisted Ms. Floyd in getting a new vehicle to get to and from her work, and they are perplexed as to why Ms. Floyd would suddenly begin to act in such an egregious manner.
A warrant was issued for her arrest. She is facing charges of abuse of an elderly person, which is a second degree felony. She is described by authorities as a white woman with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5-feet 2-inches tall and is about 215 lbs.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brenda Floyd is encouraged to call Memorial Villages Police Department, outside Houston, Texas.