B.C. CAREGIVER SENTENCED FOR ABUSING ELDERLY ALZHEIMER'S PATIENT

May 10, 2018

By Bob Komsic

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A caregiver, who pleaded guilty to assaulting a partially paralyzed woman at a care home in B.C., has been sentenced to 60-days in jail – to be served on weekends.
The family of Malekah Kazemi hired Lydia Llanto six years ago to care for the ailing woman and her husband in their home.
A couple years later, a stroke left the 88-year-old partially paralyzed.
Though she was moved into a care home, Llanto stayed on as a paid companion, even convincing the family to place her in one in Coquitlam, where it would be more convenient for her.
Kazemi’s son, a surgeon, started worrying about abuse in 2016 when his mother asked him not to leave because ”this lady hits me.”
He set up a video camera in her room which captured Llanto slapping his mother all over her body.
Police were called and the woman was arrested.
Once her jail term’s up, the 41-year-old Llanto will also serve 12 months of probation and must provide a letter of apology to the Kazemi family.
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