One of the most overlooked and important jobs involves caring for the elderly.
People who look after senior citizens are normally kind, patient, and compassionate, and their work ensures that people’s loved ones are safe. Unfortunately, there is also an epidemic of elder abuse. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, around 10 percent of the elderly population has experienced abuse of some kind, whether it’s physical abuse, psychological or verbal abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, or neglect.
Peter Carpenter, an 89-year-old WWII veteran, was the victim of his caretaker Susan Pell’s financial exploitation when she repeatedly stole money from his wallet.
The aging veteran’s children set up a camera to catch the thief after their father’s money kept disappearing. Pell was caught in the act and prosecuted.
“I felt sick. Well, I felt devastated,” Carpenter said after seeing the video. He also said he would have loaned her money if he knew she needed it.
Pell was sentenced to 150 hours of community service and she had to pay back the money plus more in damages. She is no longer caring for the elderly.