TAKE A STAND: Elder Care


CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two recent unrelated but disturbing cases are shining light on a growing problem both in our area and nationwide.

A senior living senior center in West Ashley has built a fence around a retention pond, where in July, a 90-year-old woman wandered away from the care facility, fell into the water, and was killed by an alligator. And in Orangeburg, a nursing assistant who was caring for a 93-year-old woman, has been charged with stealing more than $4,000 from her patient.

In West Ashley, that new fence at a pond known for alligators installed after the accident seems a little late. And in Orangeburg, while everyone is innocent until proven guilty, it's outrageous that a caregiver would allegedly steal from someone who is so vulnerable.

If you live to be 90 years old, you've earned the right to be protected, respected and cared for without worry or fear.

For those who take advantage of or neglect the elderly, shame on you.

And bravo to law enforcement, the courts, and advocates who bravely stand up and are a voice for those who are least able to protect themselves.

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