Three Top Nursing Home Administrators Forced Out Over Their Response To Resident's Sexual Behavior

Three top administrators of a county-run nursing home were fired or forced to resign minutes before a county board committee was set to convene to discuss staff response to a patient's sexual behavior.

The three administrators were told to leave after the state fined the home $20,000 for not taking appropriate action after a male patient made sexual advances to at least 10 elderly women patients, some with dementia. The federal government is also considering a $20,000 fine

The nursing home committee was told all three women were no longer working for the county as of 15 minutes before the committee met. Fired or forced to resign were the administrator, the head of nursing, and the head of social services.

No reason was given for the abrupt change except it was in "the best interests" of the home, a committee member said. One woman would not accept the request to resign and had to be fired, though he would not say which one.

The state Department of Public Health released an 81-page report that said an elderly patient who has since left the facility accosted the women from January to May. 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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