As large quantities of the nation’s population continue to age, the need for safe and quality care of elderly people only continues to grow with it. While some people may live well into their 80s or 90s and be able to remain home or with family members until they die, countless others will require care in facilities like nursing homes. This forces many people into difficult situations as they must choose a home for their loved one and trust the staff and administrators of that home to protect and care for all residents properly.

Unfortunately, not all nursing homes seem capable of fully protecting their residents from various forms of elder abuse. At one nursing home just over an hour away from Birmingham, Alabama, two women have recently been terminated from their positions as certified nursing assistants. They have been charged with multiple criminal offenses and are currently in custody at the Marshall County Jail on bonds set for $70,000 each, according to a report from Inquisitr.

Oxygen indicated that the women are accused of abusing no less than five residents at the nursing home where they worked. It was not disclosed over how long the abuse may have been taking place or how it was discovered. The nursing home itself is said to have informed the residents’ families of the situation. No details of any action by the families has been provided at this time.

Between the two women, the criminal charges they face include multiple counts of first degree sexual abuse, public lewdness, harassment, indecent exposure, voyeurism and elder abuse.