A Batavia, NY woman has been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. According to the media report:
- The woman, Sarah Waclawski, was until recently an employee of a Genesee County nursing home. She is accused of transferring the elderly woman from her wheelchair to her bed without the assistance of another staff member. The resident’s care plan indicated that two staff members were to transfer her.
- After the woman was in her bed, Waclawski decided to transfer her back to the wheelchair. Once back in the wheelchair, the resident fell to the floor. She hit her head on the floor and suffered a cut and head pain.
- Waclawski did not seek medical assistance or tell her supervisors. With the help of another nursing aide, she placed the woman back in her bed. She then left the room for 20 minutes.
- When she returned, she observed blood on the woman’s head. A nurse who later walked in stated that she noticed Waclawski wiping blood off the resident’s head.
- At no point did Waclawski seek medical attention for the resident.
- Four days later, the nursing home fired Waclawski. She was later charged with the felony, which carries a maximum prison term of four years. She has pleaded not guilty.
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