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Caregiver Abandons 92-Year-Old Physically Disabled Patient

A woman in New York hired a care giver to help her with her 92-year-old disabled husband. The man needed round-the-clock care after suffering from two strokes. The wife thought her husband was in good hands when she went out to run some errands. When she returned home, she found her husband alone, and a note from the former employee.

Barbara Longley of Sterling, New York hired 23-year-old Jenna M. Boyle to help with her husband's care. Boyle didn't last for long, but instead of resigning gracefully from the position, she snuck out leaving a note behind.

Mrs. Longley returned from the grocery store to find her husband, Harold, home alone. The caregiver was nowhere to be found, but she did leave behind a brief letter of resignation, and an apology. Longley shared the note that Boyle left behind with CBS News.

"I want to apologize for leaving this way, but I feel I can no longer care for Harold," Boyle wrote. "I don't know if you've heard anything back from the insurance company or not, but I think that they are going to find that I'm not technically certified."

Boyle thought that the Longley's had private insurance, but at some point that day she realized that, in part, Mr. Longley was a Medicare patient. This meant she might not get paid, and suddenly Boyle was in a heated rush to get out of there.

"I'm not certified to work under Medicaid/Medicare paid programs," she explains.

Boyle also says that the time she was spending with Harold was time that could have been better spent 'working on my service hours'. Apparently, she couldn't wait the hour or two for Barbara to return home once she realized she might not get paid.

"I don't want to do this, and again, I apologize," Boyle said, as if that's supposed to be a comfort.

She did note that she gave Harold his breathing treatment, lunch and medication before she left. Thankfully, Harold was okay when his wife got home, but it could have ended tragically if anything had gone wrong.

Barbara was so stunned by the note she didn't know what to do. "Well, it upsets you,” she told CBS. “I called the nurse that had worked with me before and I asked her what I should do and she said call the sheriff. So, that's what I did and they came up," Barbara said.

Barbara didn't want to call the sheriff at first because, even though she was mad at the young caretaker, she didn’t want to get her into any trouble or ruin her career. The nurse convinced her that she could do something like this to another client, putting others in danger.

Barbara didn’t want the irresponsible caretaker to put someone else’s life at risk, so she reported her to authorities.

Boyle was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. She's also been banned from a career in caretaking.

Source: MailOnline
Photo: Police World

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