Daughter of Nursing Home Abuse Victim Seeks New Legislation to Protect Victims

The daughter of a 92-year-old dementia patient living in a nursing home was shocked when her father matter-of-factly told her that  a nurse at the facility had hit him that morning. The elderly man said "she smacked me hard on the nose, twice, because I wasn't rousing quickly enough."

After the revelation, the man's daughter came forward about the abuse and the facility said they would perform an internal investigation. The facility investigation determined that the aide had only playfully tapped the resident's nose. The daughter says that essentially, officials brushed aside her father's version because he is a dementia patient. Health officials simply relied on the care center's internal report.

The daughter no says that after her father died this summer she has taken it upon herself to advocate for change. She is hopeful that the government will enact legislation to regulate all senior care homes consistently and require an independent advocate to investigate any and all allegations of abuse. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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