Newsweek reported the sad case of two nursing home assistants in Ohio accused of spraying a female resident in the face with hairspray, and sharing a video of the “cruel” incident on social media.  Roberta I. Bowers and Makiah Chane’I Halsell were indicted for one count of patient abuse.  I hope they serve some hard time.  This kind of abuse and neglect is cruel, dehumanizing, and commonplace.

The pair were responsible  for caring for the patient at The Inn at Winchester Trail assisted living facility in Ohio, on June 3 2019 when Bowers took a canister of hairspray and used it on the 94-year-old. The care home employee aimed the spray at the woman’s face from around a foot or less. Bowers got the product in the woman’s eyes and mouth.

As Bowers sprayed, Halsell filmed. The pair can be heard laughing throughout the clip.  Halsell then shared the footage on the social media app Snapchat. The video lasted around 15 seconds.  The memory and trauma will last forever.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said in a statement: “Elder abuse can often go unnoticed and unreported, however these two women videotaped their physical and emotional abuse of this senior and posted the video on social media.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said: “This crude, cruel criminal act doesn’t belong in a place that provides care to the weak and the vulnerable.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, elder abuse is a “significant public health problem.”

One in 10 people aged 60 and over suffer abuse including neglect and exploitation, the agency states. That amounts to hundreds of thousands of people a year.

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