Adloff Place, a care facility in Springfield, Illinois catering primarily to the physically and mentally handicapped, recently received a Type “A” Violation from the Illinois Department of Public Health and fined $15,000.
Inspectors of the facility noted that two of the twelve residents were engaged in sexual activity, and that nursing home staff had no policy in place to ensure that both individuals consented to the activity. One of the residents involved suffers from bipolar disorder and has a severe mental handicap with the functioning level of an 11 year old. The inspectors noted that the facility needed to have a clear policy in place to ensure that no sexual abuse occurs.
These policies are especially important in facilities where mentally challenged and elderly individuals reside because they are particularly vulnerable to unwanted sexual advances. Failure to monitor such abuse is an all too common form of nursing home negligence.
In addition the report explains that the facility had also been negligent in failing to prevent residents from physically abusing one another. At least four separate residents were found to have been injured by others in the facility.