Family Accuses Nursing Home of Covering Up Sexual Abuse of Elderly Resident

The family members of an elderly woman have accused the nursing home of trying cover-up a sexual assault they say occurred at the facility. Officials at the facility say there is no merit to the accusations, but the allegations in a 32-page are to the contrary.

The lawsuit stems from an incident in 2010 in which a visitor to the nursing home called the head of nursing and told her that there was a possible sexual assault to the 87-year-old dementia patient. The next day, he says, the facility suspended the aide and sent the elder woman to the hospital - not for a sexual assault exam, but for a routine Medicare exam.

The hospital, confused by the unscheduled exam, was finally told about the sexual assault accusations. Nursing home staff refused to file a police report until hospital staff threatened to do so themselves. At the hospital, the woman was examined by a specialized sexual assault nurse who reported cuts and scrapes that left her with "no doubt" that the elderly woman had been sexually abused.

The victim died a month after the incident, and no charges have ever been filed in connection with the now closed investigation. 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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