It is estimated that for every 44 cases of elder abuse that occur, 43 of them are never reported. But as heartbreaking as that statistic is, worse is the fact that some of that occurs at the hands of people whose very job it is to care for our elderly.
Here, in no particular order, are the health care providers that the state of Washington most recently disciplined for taking advantage of some of that state’s most vulnerable:
Theresa Renee Easter
Theresa Easter, who has been a certified nursing assistant in Washington since 2014, is accused by the Department of Social and Health Services, or DSHS, of financially exploiting a vulnerable adult. No details were provided beyond the disclosure that Easter did not request the hearing to which she was entitled so the allegation was officially accepted as fact.
Her credentials were suspended and Easter is barred from caring for, or having unsupervised access to, vulnerable adults in the future.
Latasha M. Patton
Latasha Patton, who has been a credentialed nursing assistant in Washington for less than a year, also reportedly failed to refute allegations that she financially exploited 2 people. Patton was accused of using the clients’ debit cards without consent and for her own personal use. Her credentials are currently listed as Indefinitely Suspended.
The amount of the alleged theft was not disclosed.
Jeri Oliono Sao
Jeri Sao’s home care aide credential is revoked due to an allegation of theft. Sao, who had been credentialed for less than 2 years, is accused of taking a total of $2,176 from a vulnerable adult for whom she was hired to provide care.
Soa is barred from working with, or having unsupervised access to, vulnerable adults in the future.
Tricia Lacey Thompson
Tricia Thompson reportedly admitted to her misconduct. In the official Statement of Charges it is alleged that she stole a client’s supermarket cash card and, over the next few weeks, used it without his knowledge, ultimately spending $1,522.
Thompson, of course, is barred from working with vulnerable adults in the future.
Each Statement of Charges can be viewed online at the Washington Department of Health website.