The Examiner-Enterprise reported this weekend on a troubling story of nursing home abuse involving two residents at the Forest Manor Nursing Home.
According to the available reports, a 53-year old male resident entered a female resident’s room without invitation on Friday afternoon. The victim explained that the man began touching her inappropriately. He then exposed himself and asked her to perform sexual acts. She denied his request and alerted the nursing staff of the conduct.
The aggressive resident fled the room when the nursing staff entered. Police were called and the man was questioned, whereupon he denied doing anything wrong and began cursing at authorities. He was arrested and charged by a judge during his initial appearance. Bond was set in the case and requirements set forth ensuring that he have no contact with the victim or the nursing home.
During that initial hearing he explained that he had previously had a brain aneurysm. It is unclear it the man believes that the medical problem could have influenced his conduct.
Resident on resident abuse often goes under the radar of many concerned with care at these facilities. However, as the cumulative stories on this blog demonstrate, residents are often more at risk of Illinois nursing home abuse by the other individuals receiving care at a facility than by staff members. The prevalence of this sort of conduct make it vitally important that the nursing home employees do all in their power to ensure that residents at risk for this sort of conduct are prevented from acting out.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti know well the damage that residents can inflict upon one another. It is the responsibility of the facility to prevent these instances of abuse. If someone you know has been violated in a manner similar to this, be sure to contact an Illinois injury attorney to learn about the ways in which the law protects vulnerable nursing home residents.
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