Nursing Home Abuse ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Monday, September 10, 2012

Nursing Home Abuse

A nursing home has been highly fined for a rape that took place inside. The citations issued to the facility were for two problems, allowing the attack in the first place and then failing to respond properly to prevent similar attacks afterwards. The facility was fined $3,000 and new admissions were temporarily suspended. But the Federal officials have also stepped in. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) noted that the facility provided a “substandard quality of care.” As a result the facility is being fined $6,000 every day until improvements are made which bring the facility up to par. The incident involved an 89-year-old woman with dementia. The resident told her family members that earlier this summer she was raped, she did not know the man who attacked her., family members immediately told staff members. An examination was conducted and the resident was then transferred to a hospital so that a “rape test’ could be performed. The results indicated a DNA sample from the attacker. An investigation was opened by police officers, with staff members, family members, and other residents interviewed. No one has yet been charged with anything. The actual resident was, fortunately, moved by the family into a different facility.

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