The day before Fred Lopez was to turn 84 years young, his family came to visit and found him beaten, bruised and under stress at his nursing home in Houston. Lopez’s daughters were told their father, who suffers from dementia and cannot speak, was attacked by a roommate at the Briarwood Nursing and Rehabilitation facility. However, police said the beating was at the hands of an employee at the facility.
“They convinced me it was a patient,” Vera Escobar, one of Lopez’s daughters, said. “To know and hear that it was a worker, an employee. That’s not going to fly with me.”