98-year-old nursing resident the victim of sexual abuse

As much as we might investigate a nursing home in the Pittsburgh area before we allow a loved one to move in, in a sense committing a parent or spouse to the care of the facility's staff is an act of trust. We assume that the nurses and aides on staff are skilled, competent and committed to treating their residents with the care and dignity they deserve. So when we hear of cases of resident abuse, our faith in nursing home care may be shaken.

A shocking case of nursing home abuse in another state provides a horrific example. Two male nurses are accused of repeatedly molesting a 98-year-old woman in their care. A "granny cam" placed in the victim's room by her relatives appears to depict the nurses masturbating and groping each other in the woman's presence. At one point, one of the men appears to expose himself to the woman. He later bends over the woman and appears to kiss her. The victim was unable to defend herself or speak due to a stroke.

The hidden camera footage was shot over a week's time in March 2011, though the resident's family believes the behavior began at least in late February. Their attorney said it was the most shocking case of nursing home abuse he had encountered in 15 years of practice.

The family has filed a lawsuit against the nurses and the facility. Meanwhile, the men's nursing licenses were suspended in October and prosecutors are considering criminal charges. The reason for the delay in action against the accused men is not clear.

Source: Huffington Post, "Two Nurses Allegedly Engaged In Sex Acts With 98-Year-Old Stroke Patient," David Moye, Nov. 7, 2012


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