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Elderly woman contracts STD allegedly due to nursing home abuse


A nightmare scenario for a family in Fulton County is when they put an elderly or infirm loved one in a facility to care for them and discover that the nursing home staff has committed abuse. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse happens all too frequently. It can lead to injury, illness and even death. In many instances, the families are not even aware that their loved one suffered personal injury as a result of the nursing home workers' failure to adhere to a reasonable standard of care. When it happens, it's imperative that the circumstances be investigated to find out the details.

An investigation is proceeding due to allegations that a 75-year-old woman suffering from dementia had been sexually abused at the nursing home where she was a resident. The woman is terminally ill and had complained to her daughter that she was in pain. She was taken to the hospital where it was found that she had a sexually transmitted disease.

Police have attempted to conduct interviews with the nursing home staff, but are thus far being stonewalled in their efforts. The facility has prior violations for poorly maintained equipment, prescriptions that were incorrect and other issues. The woman has been transferred to a different facility.

There are numerous ways in which a nursing home resident can be subjected to abuse. The facility might not provide the proper care leading to broken bones, physical injuries or a decline in health. The patient might be subject to infections, pressure sores, assaults and sexual abuse. This is a betrayal of the entire concept of why a nursing home staff is in place. Mistreatment of the elderly is a despicable act and families who believe that their loved one has been victimized need to understand how to pursue legal action.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Police: Nursing home blocks investigation into possible sexual assault against patient," Renee Stoll, July 18, 2014

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