Obviously, I don’t want to make light of elder abuse, but this article from the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News caught my eye:
Care home figure had criminal record
One of four people charged with neglecting and abusing patients at five personal-care nursing homes in Lebanon County served a four-year term for attempted homicide and aggravated assault in the late 1980s. Clifford E. Fake was in the Lebanon County Prison from 1986 to 1990, convicted of multiple charges. But his criminal background did not prevent the state Department of Welfare from issuing a license to his wife, Tina Fake, to operate a care home in Palmyra. The Department of Welfare requires criminal background checks of license applicants. Investigators in Lebanon County are trying to determine whether Mrs. Fake hid her husband’s background from the state. The couple, along with a son, Kyle M. Leeper, and an employee, Patricia M Remlinger, have been charged by police.
And what gives with the crim check? I had to pass just to work in the front office of a foster-care agency. How in the world could the Department of Welfare miss this?