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Member of nursing home staff arrested for sexual abuse


People who place their relatives in a nursing home in Fulton are expecting the nursing home staff to behave as medical professionals and treat their patients with respect and care. At assisted living facilities, there's a belief that the employees have the best interests of the elderly patients in mind. This is not always the case as nursing home abuse is a constant concern and possibility.

A 47-year-old nursing assistant has been arrested on charges that he sexually assaulted and abused a 79-year-old woman at a nursing home. According to the woman, the attacks happened several times in the past year. When the allegations were revealed, an investigation was conducted and the man was suspended and then fired. He has been arrested for the alleged crimes.

When people are brought to an assisted living facility, the last thing on the minds of their loved ones is that they will be subjected to mistreatment of any kind by the nursing home staff. However, there are many ways in which elderly residents can be mistreated. People can be subject to malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, infections, broken bones, sexual assaults, physical assaults, falls and wrongful death.

There is no excuse for elderly patients to be treated poorly or illegally. In some instances, the nursing home management might be as invested in finding out what happened as the families are. In others, they might try to cover up what happened to save money in a legal action. Cases involving elderly abuse must be investigated fully to prevent them and stop them from happening again.

In this case, the nursing home cooperated and fired the man after the allegations were revealed. That, however, doesn't make the abuse any less egregious. The first thing a family who suspects that there is abuse occurring at an assisted living facility is to make sure they understand their legal options.

Source: KGUN, "Nursing assistant arrested on sexual assault, sexual abuse charges," Ina Ronquillo, Feb. 27, 2014

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