Assisted Living Facility Employee Arrested After Allegedly Beating Elderly Resident Who Has Dementia
An employee from an assisted living facility in Florida has been arrested after she was accused of beating an elderly woman who has dementia.
According to Click Orlando, Kassandra Aihe, a 24-year-old employee at The Gardens of Eastbrooke, an assisted living facility in Casselberry, is looking at a charge of battery on a person at least 65 years of age. The incident occurred on Oct. 27. She was arrested on Nov. 2, taken to the Seminole County Jail, and bonded out the following day.
The alleged abuse was captured on surveillance video showing Aihe physically attacking the elderly resident. The employee is seen taking the victim back to her room. As she was doing so, the resident became combative, and Aihe was seen grabbing the victim’s hair and forcefully dragging her into the room. The victim was reportedly badly battered and bruised.
The resident could be heard screaming in the room for about five minutes until another employee came to the room.
In a written report by Aihe, she admitted that she hit the resident’s face with an object and then slammed her face against the wall. That action led to the resident’s face bleeding and displaying facial injuries. Another employee who came to intervene also wrote that Aihe hit the victim in her report.
Investigators said that two days later, on Oct. 29, the resident was brought to the hospital after showing severe bruising. The medical staff said that there were fractures to her nose and face. Police officers appeared at the facility to arrest Aihe later that week.
Fox News reported that according to the police report, Aihe went “beyond her scope of duty by pulling [the patient’s] hair to control her and pushing her to move her to her room physically.”
Police officials said that the patient’s husband would be pursuing charges against Aihe on his wife’s behalf.