Suit: Pa. Home Ignored Abuse Of Dementia Patient Until Relatives Installed Hidden Camera

MEDIA, Pa. – A lawsuit has been filed over the alleged abuse of a dementia patient at a suburban Philadelphia care home.

Relatives of the 78-year-old Alzheimer’s patient say they recorded the physical and verbal abuse through a video camera hidden in a clock radio.

Mary and Paul French of Havertown say they installed the camera after nursing home officials ignored her mother’s complaints of mistreatment, attributing them to her dementia. They filed suit Wednesday in Delaware County.

Sunrise Senior Living Inc. of McLean, Va., operates the Quadrangle Continuing Care Retirement Community in Haverford and more than 300 other facilities.

The company says it expected the lawsuit, and is committed to providing quality care.

Three former aides, all women, are awaiting trial on assault and neglect charges in Delaware County.

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