Home for elderly raided in Escazú, and nurse detained

Judicial agents took over a senior citizen residence in Escazú Centro Wednesday and detained the administrator on allegations that she mistreated her patients both physically and psychologically.

Agents said that when they arrived they found one of the estimated 25 residents tied to a bed.

The Poder Judicial later in the day identified the administrator by the last names of  Rodríguez Sánchez. She is a 32-year-old nurse by profession. The facility was identified as Villa Amatista.

The firm’s Web page says it is geriatric home and offers assisted living. The administrator did not spend the night in jail. Instead, a judge released her with restrictions.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the case involved complaints. The complaints included allegations that the search052115residents were sedated, tied to beds or wheelchairs and experienced other treatment that was called incorrect. The allegations also included one that said the residents were not fed adequately.

Residents at the home each paid between 500,000 and 700,000 colons a month, said the judicial agency. That is a bit less than $1,000 to more than $1,300.

After the raid, the 25 residents found there went to  Hospital Blanco Cervantes, the public geriatric facility, for evaluation, said agents.

The judicial agency said that some of the residents suffered from medical problems.

Specifically the woman is charged with violating the nation’s law on the treatment of the aged. A judge at the Juzgado Penal de Pavas later in the day accepted a prosecutor’s recommendation that the woman be required to sign in each month and avoid contact with victims or their family members.

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