How low can people go? How about beating up two elderly men with Alzheimer’s?
The two alleged victims live at Sunrise Assisted Living in Morris Plains, N.J., and have filed suit, claiming that they were repeatedly beaten by staff there.
The Star-Ledger of Newark published a Page One story Thursday on the lawsuit, which was filed by Henry Glowacki, 92, and Robert Prochazka, 89.
The attorney representing both plaintiffs said that they suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and that their injuries included ugly dark bruises. One of the men also had fractured ribs and a broken finger bone. The photos of the two men, one covered in black-and b-ue marks, are heart-breaking.
The Ledger said that a police report on the two men stated “the victims appear to have been physically abused.” That’s an understatement.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the alleged assaults on the two men, according to The Ledger. Police came to Sunrise on Dec. 21, 2010 after the facility’s director of operations reported the alleged abuse.
The injuries of the two men were discovered Dec. 15, 2010, according to The Ledger. Glowacki wouldn’t sit down for an aide because he said his butt hurt, and it was then that his bruises were discovered. At one point he was also found crying in his room, and he told Sunrise staff that he had been beaten.
Sunrise, a chain of assisted-living facilities, doesn’t have a clean record. One of its Pennsylvania facilities temporarily lost its license after a video camera caught two employees assaulting a woman who had dementia, according to The Ledger.