Hernanado Today out of Tampa reported the guilty plea and probation of nursing home operator Gloria Olson. The accused elderly abuser pleaded guilty keeping her out of prison. In spite of the spirited objections from the daughter of one of her victims, Olson will only serve three years probation, pay $8,000 in restitution and will be barred from running a nursing home.
Olson was indicted in April on charges of owning or operating an assisted living facility without a license and elderly neglect. An investigation began in January 2010 when an anonymous caller contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families hotline. Detectives eventually learned Olson had housed up to five patients at her home without a license.
A former employee told investigators that animals would run loose inside the house and patients were fed only small portions of food and water twice per day. One of the patients also was locked inside her bedroom, according to the investigation.
A daughter of one of the victims told Hernando Today that Olson took away her mother’s walker and tied her down to the bed. When she learned of the neglect and abuse, she removed her from Olson’s home, but her health already had begun to deteriorate rapidly, she said.