Growing old comes with its own set of challenges, but when an abusive person is hired to care for our dear loved ones, it could lead to disaster.
Daniel Nassrallah from Ottawa, Canada, was concerned when he noticed bruises and marks on his grandfather's body. The 89-year-old Georges Karam stayed at a long-term care facility.
As reported by Newsner on July 7, 2017, the facility management said that Karam sustained the bruises when he felt out of his bed. Nassrallah wasn't convinced.
He installed a surveillance camera in his grandfather's room to monitor the situation, and what he saw shocked him to his core. Karam was physically abused by ones of his caretakers.
When Nassrallah took the video to the facilities manager, the employee, a nurse, was identified as 44-year-old Jie Xiao. He was seen manhandling Karam and punching him in the face.
Nassrallah counted eleven blows, and Xiao was confrontational. He would lift his hand as a threat, making Karam understand what would happen to him if he displeased his caretaker.
Nassrallah reported the incident to the authorities. Xiao was arrested later that evening, and his employment at the long-term care facility was terminated.
Karam was taken to a nearby hospital to be examined. Thankfully, his injuries weren't as severe as initially suspected, and he recovered quickly.
The facility manager said that they 'do not tolerate any form of abuse,' and apologized to Karam's family members. The facility always had a good reputation.
In fact, when Karam's family realized he needed around-the-clock care, they did their research before choosing a residence, and they went with the best option available.
The family decided to keep Karam where he was because moving him to another facility would be too stressful. Nassrallah is now trying to change the residence system because it 'is broken and changes are required.'