Another Case of Elder Abuse at Retirement Community

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

STAUNTON, Va. -- Charles Williams pleaded guilty to sexually molesting an elderly woman at the Envoy Home.

He was a resident there at the time and will now spend a year in prison.

He's 70 years old and he's not the first person to sexually abuse someone at the Envoy Home.

In October, two people who worked there that were charged with similar crimes. You can read that story here: http://www.whsv.com/home/headlines/Valley-Senior-Talks-about-Elder-Abuse-Reports-166822476.html
A WHSV reporter checked with a manager at the Staunton Senior Center to find out what's being done locally to prevent future abuse.

There are several types of elderly abuse including sexual, emotional and even self neglect.

The Staunton Senior Center started a program to prevent elderly abuse in the Valley about a year and a half ago. That way, managers hope to prevent more cases in our area by teaching families what signs to monitor.

David Taylor, a manager at the center, said some signs, like bruising, will be obvious, but telling someone is the most important thing you can do.

“You don't need to be an investigator. You don't need to judge the situation. What's important is that you let somebody know so the senior, or any adult, has their story told,” said Taylor.

Other signs include changes in behavior, dehydration, malnourishment, anxiety and withdrawal.

If you suspect abuse you can call this number: 1-888-83-ADULT

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