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Allegation of Elder Abuse Investigated By State Department

The Lehigh Acres Citizen reports on a state Department of Children and Families that is taking a look at allegations of abuse at a local nursing home. Two nursing home residents have reportedly been recent victims of abuse at the Clare Bridge of Cape Coral facility.

According to police reports, a nursing assistant at the facility may be guilty of physically abusing residents at the nursing home. The allegations first came to light when relatives of one of the victims noticed bruises on the man’s face and nose. The official explanation was that the victim had fallen off a couch. However, other indications suggest that the injuries were actually a result of a punch to the face that eventually required hospitalization.

One employee is said to have provided a notarized statement about the abuse but backtracked following fears of losing her job. The staff member claimed that another employee was fired shortly after coming forward with abuse allegations.

Allegations of abuse and neglect are not new to the facility. In the last year alone, four different deficiencies of care have been uncovered by state agencies. Three specific inspections were conducted by authorities following complaints of abuse in that same time period.

Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand well the fact that certain nursing homes seem to pop up repeatedly in cases of abuse and neglect. We continually work with victims and their families at facilities that chronically provide care that is well below any reasonable standard. As a result, nursing home residents suffer injury and death. Increased pressure on these facilities urging them to demand a higher standard of care will literally have the effect of saving lives and sparing heartbreak.

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