As more boomers move into their senior years, Alabama nursing homes and assisted living communities continue to see a continuing stream of new residents. No matter the level of independence or mental functioning a person living in a care facility has, each one has the right to be safe and free from abuse or neglect. Sadly, all too many elderly persons experience some form of mistreatment, neglect or abuse at the hands of those tasked with caring for them.
Reports have recently surfaced about the attempted concealment of a patient’s self-report of attemped sexual abuse at an Alabama nursing home. The alleged incident took place in early April of this year. Few details are know about what exactly happened between a resident and an employee but the resident made a report to the facility’s administration indicating unwanted and inappropriate actions took place.
Instead of reporting the situation to the police or placing the employee on leave, the nursing home simply moved the employee’s duties to another part of the facility and instructed the employee not to be on the floor where the patient lived. Eventually, the Alabama Department of Public Health became aware of the situation and the employee was first suspended and then terminated. The nursing home was also cited and subsequently held employee training on responding to claims of abuse.
Alabama residents who want to ensure that their elderly family members are safe have reason to be concerned about stories like this one. Talking to an attorney if elder abuse or neglect is suspected may be a good way to learn how to keep people safe.
Source: The Anniston Star, “Anniston nursing home cited for response to patient’s sexual abuse claim,” Daniel Gaddy, July 23, 2016