Few instances of abuse appall the senses more than sexual aggression taken out on a vulnerable nursing home resident. All those who care about proper treatment of elderly friends and family members would naturally be shocked to learn that their loved one was forced into compromising sexual situations because of improper care by nursing home employees. Yet, too often, that is exactly what happens.
The Lufkin Daily News reported this weekend on a situation of attempted sexual and physical abuse of a nursing home resident. A 25 year old employee at Castle Pines Nursing Home was arrested this weekend for his conduct. According to reports, the employee approached a 91 year old woman with his genitals exposed. He then told the woman to grab him inappropriately. Luckily the woman was capable of denying the request. But the staff member became angry with the victim’s denial. As a result he slammed her down, causing injury to her hip and buttocks.
As disturbing as the event sounds, it is fortunate that it was not worse. Many residents are not capable of resisting demands from the nursing home employees charged with their care. Physical and mental deficiencies often mean that the resident is forced to endure any action-many times the perpetrator is never punished for their conduct.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti remain shocked and saddened by the abusive and negligent care provided at many nursing homes. There is no excuse for management at these facilities failing to conduct every screening process available to ensure that their employees act with the highest standards of care. There is something particularly tragic about nursing home residents who suffer because the men and woman charged with their care take advantage of their weakness. Do not let this abuse go unreported. Contact authorities and proper nursing home lawyers if you know of similar negligent conduct.
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