It’s a sad state of affairs when an elderly and/or disabled adult, especially somebody who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, is abused, and while the home care industry as a whole has fought diligently to eradicate these abuses and neglect of its clients, there continue to be cases that impact the lives of not just the abused client and their family, but the industry across the country.
Some cases, unfortunately, are so heinous the home care industry might rather turn away from it and not acknowledge it, but it still deserves to be heard about. One such case involved Anthony Mamboleo Nyakeo, a Kenyan immigrant who was working as a home care provider and who was found guilty of raping a 74-year-old client of his who also had dementia.
While he was found guilty, which was a relief to his victim’s family and the dependable, caring, and truly compassionate home care providers across the country, he could have faced little more than parole. That wasn’t the case, though, as the jury decided to sentence him to two life terms.
It was reported in the Fox News article, Former Texas health care worker gets 2 life sentences for raping 74-year old patient with dementia: report, written by Bradford Betz:
“Anthony Mamboleo Nyakeo, 53, was convicted Wednesday of aggravated sexual assault of an elderly or disabled person, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Nyakeo could have been sentenced to probation but jurors on Thursday sided with prosecutors and sentenced him to two life terms in prison.
Even though Nyakeo claimed he had been framed, that the DNA evidence the prosecutors had against him was planted, the jury didn’t buy his testimony.
It was also noted:
In January 2018, prosecutors accused Nyakeo, a Kenyan immigrant to the U.S., of raping the elderly woman after DNA linked him to the attack, the Star-Telegram reported.
During his trial, Nyakeo testified that someone must have planted his DNA from a used condom in the body of the victim.”
While this case may be an extreme and vile instance of abuse, there remain concerns about other types of abuse that continue to rattle the in-home care industry. Fortunately, though, more agencies have been providing better training and screening processes for new home care aides and other caregivers.
It’s cases like this, though, that highlight how important it is for home care providers to remain diligent in not just improved training and screening, but also ongoing support and connection to its clients to ensure they receive adequate services and are protected as well as they deserve.
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