Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Alleged Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Not Reported to Victim's Family

The Lexington Herald Leader reported earlier this month that the operator of Hazard Nursing Home and the facility's administrator are facing criminal charges for failure to report alleged sexual abuse against an elderly resident. According to the Kentucky newspaper and a summary of the alleged incident from the state attorney general's office, a male resident of the facility blocked the victim in his room in August 2009.

Nursing home staff later found the victim, who was reported to have been exposed to semen. The male resident's penis was exposed, according to the report.

The same victim was sitting in the hallway of the home last year when, within sight of a nursing supervisor and other staff members, a male resident walked up and ejaculated on her face.

The 88-year-old victim suffers from Alzheimer's.

The incident, it is alleged, was never reported to the victim's family. What's more, the latter incident was not contained in the attorney general's report, but rather was revealed as the result of a deposition from nursing home staff during an unrelated wrongful death investigation.

A statement issued from the office of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway earlier this month noted that the administrator of the facility, who was also acting on behalf of the operator of Hazard Nursing home, "was made aware of the suspected sexual abuse of a patient by another patient on Aug. 8, 2009, and failed to report the suspected abuse to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services" as required by state law.

Alleged Nursing Home Sexual Abuse Not Reported to Victim's Family

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