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Plea deal means former nurse isn't on sex offender registry

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.

Take quick action when you suspect nursing home abuse

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.

Florida nurse investigated after sexual abuse accusations

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.

Psychological abuse risk factors for the elderly

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.

3 nursing home employees are alleged to neglected resident

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.

What percentage of nursing homes see serious abuse?

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?

Theft is surprisingly common in nursing homes

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.

Do nursing homes employ people with criminal records?

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.

New rules attempt to improve nursing homes

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.

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