Nursing Home Fails To Stop Resident's Sexual Abuse of Dementia Patients Even After Notice

One nursing home administration's officials did not consider a male resident’s alleged molestation of 10 female residents sexual abuse for several months. Instead, on one occasion, a high-ranking administration member described the man’s actions as not rough, “but more of a seduction” when describing one incident, according to a department of public health investigation.

The nursing home's officials still refuse to speak publicly about a male resident’s sexual abuse of 10 female residents since Dec. 24, many of whom are diagnosed as having dementia.

However, a newspaper's examination of the investigation reveals the home’s social service director — who is a member of the home’s three-person abuse/neglect committee — “did not consider this abuse, but considered it R19’s (the designation given to the unidentified male resident) inappropriate behavior.”

State officials determined the nursing home failed six state requirements ranging from failing to protect current residents to the administrative staff failing to administer the facility to prevent repeated occurrences of sexual abuse, which placed all 96 residents at the facility in jeopardy.

The male resident involved is currently not a resident at the home.

According to the investigation, 15 different forms penned by nurses dated between Jan. 17 and May 26 document incidents of a male resident making sexual comments, kissing, fondling female residents’ breasts and/or groin area, all against their will, beginning on Dec. 24.

When these incidents occur, the nursing home’s abuse prevention policy states the administrator, director of nurses or social service director is to determine if there is a reasonable cause for possible mistreatment, and if so, they are to then investigate or appoint a person to take charge of the investigation.

But in response to all of the 15 various forms, the social service director told the state that she “had not considered these reports as reports of sexual abuse, but that they were reports of (the male resident’s) inappropriate behavior.” For more, read the story.

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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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