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January 27, 2011

Family Sues Senior Home after Catching Alleged Elder Abuse on Video (USA)


Family Sues Senior Home after Catching Alleged Elder Abuse on Video
By ARUNA LEE, NEW AMERICA MEDIA
January 25, 2011

Relatives of an elderly Korean-American woman who died in June have filed suit with the senior home where she lived, after video footage taken in her room led to a state-ordered closing of the facility, reports the Korea Daily in Oakland. The lawsuit claims that abuse by caregivers there led to the woman’s untimely death.

According to the Korea Daily article, 73-year-old Kyong-hui Duncan died while her family was in the process of looking for a new senior home for her. Suspicious of the care she was receiving at the Fair Oaks Residential Elderly Care center, located outside Sacramento, relatives had installed a security camera in Duncan’s room.
Though the family claims the camera was often shut off by care providers during routine visits, images taken by the camera during one such visit show caregivers violently shaking Duncan as they attempt to place her in a wheelchair. 



Abridged
SOURCE:     The BayCitizen
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