Memphis Woman Accused of Abusing Group Home Patient

(Memphis) Thirty-five year-old Kaskashelia Moore is facing charges of aggravated assault after police report she kicked and pushed a patient at a group home.

Another worker at the group home reported the incident after seeing bruises on the 69 year-old victim that is mentally handicap.

The group home is located in the 3300 block of Emmons in North Memphis.

Moore is out of jail on a $20,000 bond and due in court later this month.

Carole Foley with the Shelby County Crime Victim Center said the problem of elder abuse is growing, “I think that a lot of abuse stems from the fact that almost every elderly person gets some kind of check and people want that money. It seems like an easy way to get it and sometimes force is used.”

There are things you can do to protect your family members when putting them in a home.

“I would always check with the Better Business Bureau and see what kind of complaints there are about the place.  I would ask others who put their loved on in a similar situation,” said Foley.

Also the Tennessee Department of Health and Medicare have public records on nursing homes and health care providers. You can access those links here: http://health.state.tn.us/HCF/inspections.html.

http://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/?version=default&browser=IE%257C7%257CWinXP&language=English&defaultstatus=0&pagelist=Home&CookiesEnabledStatus=True.

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