Alabama residents who have elderly family members that require ongoing physical care and help with activities of daily living often have to make the choice to move their loved ones into care homes. From assisted living facilities to full-fledged nursing homes and even those locations that specialize in memory care, there is a great range of options. However, no matter what level of assistance an elderly person needs, relatives have to also be concerned about safety.
Safety in a nursing home does not just mean keeping a person from falling, although that is certainly important. Sadly in today’s world it also means keeping people safe and free from being neglected, abused and even assaulted. Reports have surfaced about the recent arrest of a certified nurse’s assistant at the Mitchell-Hollingsworth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Florence. Tis arrest highlights the reality of elder abuse all too clearly.
The man, who is only 21 years old, is charged with both elder abuse and sexual assault of a resident at the facility. It is not known if the resident was female or male or if the alleged assault represented a single act or if some pattern of abuse had been happening over a period of time. Criminal charges are filed and the defendant may spend the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted. Also unknown is whether or not any civil charges have been filed on the part of the resident’s family.
People who must endure the abuse of their elderly loved ones in Alabama might find talking with a lawyer a useful way of learning how to seek compensation for these horrific acts.
Source: AL.com, “21-year-old nursing home worker accused of sodomizing elderly person in Florence,” Ashley Remkus, November 8, 2017