A 49-year-old man accused of committing a lewd act on a disabled patient will not spend any time in jail and will not have to register on the Florida Sex Offender Registry. The man was originally charged with lewd and lascivious molestation upon a disabled person, but pleaded no contest to committing an unnatural and lascivious act and battery -- both misdemeanor charges.
Nursing home abuse is a serious problem for the elderly men and women who call these communities home. Sadly, there are people who obtain jobs in nursing homes just to prey on the vulnerable residents. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you should be aware that abuse does happen so that you can take swift action if you notice signs that something is wrong.
Coworkers claim that a nurse in Panama City Beach performed sexual acts with more than one resident at the Provision Living nursing home. He is now being investigated based on those allegations, with the Florida Department of Health carrying out the investigation. The Bay County Sheriff's Office is also involved.
Nursing home abuse can take many forms. While people often think of physical or even sexual abuse first, it's important to consider psychological abuse as well. This type of abuse can cause unneeded stress or emotional distress, perhaps even leading to depression and other serious issues.
Three former employees of Cherokee Heath and Rebab, a Centre, Alabama, nursing home were arrested on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 on suspicion of having engaged in elder abuse of an 84-year old resident where they worked. The state's attorney general announced the charges after all three women had been successfully taken into custody earlier that day.
Some people choose in-home care for their elderly relatives because they believe it will lower the chances of abuse. Their loved ones get to stay at home, where they are comfortable and happy, and they get the assistance they need. Sounds like a good fit, right?
As you're touring nursing homes with an elderly loved one, trying to pick the right home, you may start feeling like they all seem the same. They all put on a good front and make you think your loved one will be safe, healthy and happy. What are the statistical odds that abuse will occur?
Nursing homes are supposed to provide a safe, secure place for residents to live when they need assistance. As you may expect, these residents are dependent on the staff and therefore very vulnerable. Not only do they have physical ailments, but mental issues -- like memory problems -- can make it hard for them to even realize what's happening around them.
Background checks can be done when hiring employees. In a nursing home setting, doing this makes sense. Some criminal records -- like a conviction for domestic violence, for example -- could mean that a person is more likely to be the perpetrator of nursing home abuse and/or neglect.
If you placed a loved one in a nursing home before November of 2016, you may not be aware of what could be in the contract you signed. Prior to this date, nursing homes were allowed to include arbitration agreements in the fine print that prevented patients from suing in the case of abuse or neglect, as reported by Consumerist.