It remains appalling to read about some cases of egregious Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect. For the vast majority of citizens, it shocks the senses to consider what some are capable of doing to vulnerable residents at area facilities. For example, the purposeful drug overdosing of residents-like in the “Angel of Death” case-is hard for a regular individual to wrap their head around.
Cases of sexual abuse typically engender the same reaction. Empire State News recently reported on the sentencing hearing in one of those cases. A former nursing home care worker at the Amsterdam Nursing Home was found guilty of sexual abuse of a resident. In total he was found guilty on three charges including sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person, and endangering the welfare of a disabled person.
The charges stemmed from the man’s abuse of one particularly vulnerable 61-year old resident. He was a morning shift worker who was assigned the care of the stroke patient who was partially paralyzed and unable to speak. The victim was completely dependent on the nursing home staff for most of her daily needs. One morning the man went into the victim’s room claiming to be assisting her with personal hygiene. However, after the on-duty nurse saw the woman’s call light come on repeatedly, she went into the room. There she saw the man sexually abusing the helpless resident.
After hearing the evidence in the case, the jury found the man guilty and he was recently sentenced to seven years in prison. Following that time, he will then be under post-release supervision for ten years and be required to register as a sex offender.
Our Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers at Levin & Perconti are appalled at the treatment of so many residents in these homes. One of the most important jobs for a nursing home administrative staff is the hiring of properly trained care workers. Considering that the workers in these cases have direct control over residents, it is imperative that they be properly vetted to ensure that they do not pose any risk of abusing that power.
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