Third Suspect Charged In Elderly Abuse Case, New Details Emerge Surrounding Living Facility

HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) – A Delaware County assisted living facility that reportedly has a history of violations is at the center of a patient abuse investigation.

A third suspect has been charged (see previous story). Ayesha Muhammad has allegedly confessed to abusing a 78 year-old patient at The Quadrangle senior living community in Haverford Township.

Two fellow workers were arrested Wednesday after the patient’s son-in-law and daughter planted a hidden camera that allegedly recorded the suspects slapping and shoving the 78 year-old women as she stood partially clothed.

Muhammad allegedly admitted that she laughed and mocked the elderly alzheimer’s patient, dancing and shadow boxing, refusing to allow her to leave her room even as she became more and more upset.

“I was totally shocked and surprised to hear it,” said Harry Hollingsworth, the president of the Haverford Township’s Senior Citizens Council.

Hollingsworth has been caring for his wife of 53 years, since her Alzheimer’s diagnosis 12 years ago.

“I wash her and dress her. So I know what these people go through,” he said.

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The Quadrangle’s parent company, Sunrise Senior Living, released a statement saying,

“We are taking these allegations very seriously and the employees in question have been terminated, effective immediately. Our number one concern, above all else, is the safety of our residents. We have a number of policies and procedures in place that address their welfare and are intended to prevent any inappropriate activity in our community. To ensure that all necessary steps are taken, Sunrise’s CEO immediately traveled to the community.”

“It is important for to us find out what happened,” said Mark Ordan, the CEO of Sunrise Senior Living.

Meanwhile, Hollingsworth says he knows very well the special dedication it takes to care for someone trapped in the silent, frightening world of Alzheimer’s, making what allegedly happened to this patient all that much harder to comprehend.

Reported by Walt Hunter, CBS 3

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  • k

    Just want to point out – this happened at an ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY since it seems that most of you can’t differentiate between the two. Nursing homes have a bad rap, but this goes to show elder abuse can happen anywhere.

  • Karen

    Sad story, after being a nurse for 20 years it breaks my heart to see care managers who do not have the compassion nor the training to deal with the elderly with such complicated disease processes. We need to go back to recruiting the right person for the position, a educated, caring, and compassionate person who will take their job seriously and not just collect a paycheck.

  • san

    It is very sad to see what happen to the elderly in the nursing homes, but this is not the only nursing home that has this problem 90 percentages of these problems goes on in all the nursing homes that are suppose to help the elderly. It starts with management first, and then the employee’s follow, how many of these nursing home have a camera watching employee and patient relationship none. does management have someone to go over the camera to see what these patients had for dinner last night no, and if management see anything wrong it will be covered up, management will never inform the patient family that they mother or father did not eat dinner last night because the waiter forgot the room number. if management stop covering up these bad inhumane things in nursing home they will never reach this far to make you cry, management and staff will never put they parents in nursing homes [why] because they know what goes on in nursing homes and they are scare that they parents will be in danger and they will never put them in danger, but yet they will endanger someone else life all for the sake of money. I have a friend who works in a nursing home, and she talk about the treatment that goes on in the nursing homes everyday. they need more security camera’s for patient protection if the nursing homes don’t want to put the camera to see how these very sick people are treated them the family has all rights to install a hidden camera to see how they parents are being treated.

  • Dee

    Despicable and those involved should be severely punished. Inhumane treatment of people as well as animals should be punishable to the fullest extent.

  • Norma Hersh

    My obsveration while while roaming through a nurseing home, while visiting a relative: some employees are always degrading ,stealing from the elderly. F0r the most part, the aids are of low-grade character. The reason they are kept on is because management finds id difficult to hire replacements at the wages that are paid to the ‘ROTTEN’ few who are mentally instable!! This is NOT an isolated case, it happened before-they got away with it and continue to repeat their abuse. IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY AT ALL FACILLATIES!!

    • Anonymous

      There’s not that much cover-up in the whole darn world! Get your facts and statistics strait. Those three (3) workers were idiots to do what they did, but they do not represent the multitudes of health care workers in Pennsylvania. Income has nothing to do with a persons character. I’ve privately worked in three assisted living facilities and all,( if any), accusations were investigated. It is very hard to weed out truth from fiction in patients with Dementia. I work with and have family members with Dementia. I wish all Dementia units could have cameras so as to protect the residents and the workers.

  • bang,bang

    It is important for to us find out what happened,” said Mark Ordan, the CEO of Sunrise Senior Living.Here’s the answer you be fired along with these other losers.Ayesha Muhammad I hope you like dancing,shadow boxing in your prison cell,hopefully the other inmates will have some fun with you (loser).
    What a disgrace all the management should be fired.

  • Ann

    I hope the 3 girls end up in jail and have to see what it feels like to be at someone else’s mercy. They will have to watch their backs because I don’t think inmates like another inmate if they abuse kids or the elderly.

  • glenn

    Wow, no one has brought up racism.

    • Anonymous

      So… why did you Glenn? It’s abuse plain and simple. Would you be more at ease if the parties involved were of other races!

    • Grape Ape

      I will. These people hate Y T and are just waiting for a chance to get even.

      • Guess Who

        These are the sorts of people who will be actively recruited under Ob ongocare.

        Enjoy your future.

  • Paul

    I hope these employees who abused the lady are met with Justice by being sent to prison where they will probably be beat and abused themselves..Im glad they can look forward to some terrifying abuse and years of pure hell in the PA Dept of Corrections.

  • Lois

    I have no pity for those who abuse the elderly, the children, or anyone that can not protect themselves. Only a savage will abuse helpless people.. This may sound crazy but I am happy my dad placed a GPS tracking device in my car that he got from the Philly spy shop. I began to hang with some other girls that were doing drugs and myself began to indulged. My dad followed me one night as I left the club and about to go to an after hours with some guys we had just met. He spotted me with these guys in the car with me, and ordered them out. One of the guys began to get loud with my dad, and thats when I saw the gun in his pants. I whispered it to my dad that he had a gun, and told him to lets get out of here. We did. It turned out later that one of my friends that went with the guys was raped. I no longer use drugs, and asked my dad to leave the GPS in the car just in case I get lost or something. I have a daughter now, and every time I look at her I think about what could of happened to me, and what happened to my friend. I use to think my dad was over protective, but in reality he just loves me and wants no harm to come to me. I thanked my dad everyday for being my dad, and I even went to the Philly spy shop with my dad to thank them.

  • deb7887

    Hi Robbie I have tried to reply 6 times to your post to no avail, seems the editors are very hard at work. I am sickened by this story, but have run out of steam as to what i originally had to say, so I will say this, shame on those who call themselves “editor”.
    One can only hope and pray that his too shall be brought before the Lord, who will be the One to judge them. Hopefully she and those involved will be given the chance to be forgiven before their judgement day….just sayin…..

  • Camilita Roldan

    Last year i went to Philly spy shop on Cottman ave beacuse I had an unwanted visitor that somehow was getting in my house. The gentleman recommended a hidden clock camera that works on battery, and motion activated. The following day I caught my ex wifes husband was the thief. I know it;s not as sad is this case, but it only helps to prove that if we didn’t have that Philly spy shop around God knows how far these people would of gone with that elderly lady.

  • Lorraine

    No excuse! How dare they abuse these people! Shame the courts can not demand a similar treatment of the abusers!

  • Robbie

    Really, why would they work at an assisted living facility? if they…
    1) not only don’t care for the people they’re supposed to care for, but
    2) go so far as to abuse them?

    The only explanation is that they desire to humiliate and abuse others. And poisoning the patients? That sounds almost like attempted murder. The desire to degrade and destroy other people is called evil, pure and simple. And this isn’t like some revenge-based crime, or a result of conflict — in many cases, the patients are helpless. I can’t really give suspects the benefit of the doubt, because there’s video of them committing these acts. These evil things should be dealt with extremely severely.

  • ed

    my heart goes out to the families of these victims of abuse by nursing home employees. that being said , this generation is to quick to put their parents [ the greatest generation] in these facilities and expecting young, unrelated , under educated ,underpaid , inpatient , and full of hate for what they deem as the privledged white elite to give their ‘ clients’ the respect anyone man or beast deserves. they smile in your face and stab you in the back. the owners of these homes are just in it for the $$$$$. part of the blame should be put on their backs as well !!!!!! this is nothing new people , its been going on forever, these wretches just happened to get caught. put the cameras all over the place and let the workers and owners know they are being watched.

  • Jessie

    I am not shocked or surprised at this story. The same thing happened to my family member at a Sunrise Senior Living facility in Wilmington, Delaware. It was disgusting. So many of these caregivers have little or no empathy or compassion for the residents with dementia.

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