JUNCTION CITY, Ore. – A year after allegations surfaced regarding a caregiver at a Junction City retirement home, a guilty plea has been entered in the case.
Noelle Renee Jendraszek, 26, will be sentenced Thursday morning.
Junction City Retirement and Assisted Living
Authorities said she stole money, jewelry and drugs from residents at Junction City Retirement and Assisted Living, 500 E. 6th St.
Of the 21 total counts she was charged with, she pleaded guilty to six, including first-degree criminal mistreatment, third-degree theft and tampering with drug records.
The investigation into Jendraszek’s conduct began on Sept. 10, 2020, after a resident’s son reported that cash had been stolen from his elderly father. The claims were confirmed, and Jendraszek was fired the next day, according to Caitlin VanDerSchaff with Frontier Management, which oversees the Junction City facility.
Authorities said within hours of talking with Jendraszek, she surrendered about 275 pieces of jewelry she said she’d stolen from residents at multiple facilities and she admitted to withholding vital and medically necessary medications from many residents in her care.
Jendraszek was taken to the Lane County Jail on a laundry list of charges and was later released from jail without being formally charged. At the time, prosecutors said more evidence was needed in the case.
In June this year, she was arraigned in Lane County Circuit Court.
In a notarized affidavit, Jendraszek said: “I am very apologetic for any harm I have done and/or any sadness I have caused. It is my intent to correct my wrongs and do the right thing by taking responsibility for my actions. I hope someday that all the families and persons I have harmed can find it within themselves to forgive me because I know what I have done is wrong and I am seeking the help I need to recover and become a better person.”
Jendraszek has been employed at the following facilities in the past five or so years, including:
- Cedar Village Assisted Living Community – Salem
- Capital Manor Retirement Community – Salem
- Four Seasons Residential Care – Salem
- Junction City Retirement and Assisted Living – Junction City
- Gibson Creek by Bonaventure – Salem
- Prestige Senior Living Orchard Heights – Salem
- Redwood Heights Retirement and Assisted Living Community – Salem
- River Grove Memory Care – Eugene