Nursing Home is Home to a High Number of Registered Sex Offenders

A nursing home that looks like a typical long-term care facility is actually home to a large number of parolees, including registered sex offenders.  According to the state sex offender registry, the facility's address is listed as home to 27 sex offenders.

The 65-resident facility worries some people who live in the surrounding neighborhood. Advocates for the elderly also fear because there is no law requiring nursing homes to alert other residents and their families to the presence of sex offenders. Nursing home officials say they keep sex offenders in one wing of the facility as a precaution.

No major incidents involving residents have been reported inside the facility or surrounding neighborhood, police said. The facility also has a five star rating (the best) by Medicaid. However, individuals in the community still worry about the number of criminals living in their neighborhood. People who live within a certain radius of the nursing home receive postcards when a sex offender moves in. But the law does not require notification of other nursing home residents, said a Department of Public Safety spokeswoman. 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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