Nursing Home Cited For Failing to Report and Investigate Claims of Abuse

The Attorney General's office in one state is reviewing a citation stemming from the way nursing home officials responded to allegations that a male nurse's aide tried to suffocate one resident and lay in bed with another. According to the citation staff at the facility failed to immediately report the allegations to the administrative staff after the alleged incidents. When the allegations were reported to the administrative staff, they failed to conduct a thorough investigation and report the abuse to the appropriate state agencies.

The facility is appealing the citation and claiming that the allegations were unsubstantiated. They have claimed that the delay in reporting the incident was a time during which they investigated to determine whether the allegations had an truth to them. According to the facility's written response, nursing home officials and the resident's family said the allegation did not appear to be true because of the "resident's mental status and frequent statements that did not reflect reality."

However, according to the citation, interviews with multiple staff members revealed that the employee behaved inappropriately with residents in the past. These staff members witnessed inappropriate behavior including being "physically, mentally, and verbally rough with residents" and kissing them on the face and neck, according to the citation. 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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