When a family makes the decision to move a loved one into a residential care facility, there are a number of factors that are carefully evaluated. The facility itself often comes under scrutiny, and families look for signs of cleanliness, security and access to important medical equipment. The training of the staff is also important, as well as how residents are treated by those with whom their care is being entrusted. When a nursing home fails to meet the basic standards of care, a Pennsylvania neglect attorney can assist a family in recovering damages and achieving justice.
One shocking story of nursing home mistreatment does not focus on the sanitation of the facilities or the care of the nursing staff. In this instance, a family is suing the administration of a nursing home. They claim that management knew that a registered sex offender was under their care, and failed to adequately protect other residents from the man's continued abuse.
The family claims that their loved one was subjected to unwanted sexual contact with the man, who was formerly incarcerated for sexual crimes against minors. They assert that the administration was aware of his sex offender history, and made no effort to notify family members or protect residents. A state investigation into the case turned up evidence suggesting that the home's administration warned workers to not tell anyone that sex offenders were residing at the facility.
Currently, the woman who ran the nursing home at the time of the incident is facing licensing sanctions by the state's Board of Nursing Home Administrators. The civil case is now scheduled for Oct. 2013. There is no word on whether the man accused of assaulting another resident is still living at the facility. For families who are facing a similar ordeal, a skilled Pennsylvania neglect attorney can help outline the avenues of legal recourse available under state and federal law.
Source: DesMoinesRegister.com, "Nursing home administrator faces sanctions in sex abuse case," Clark Kauffman, June 17, 2013