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Resident to resident abuse

Published on July 18th, 2009

The LaSalle County Nursing Home failed to prevent a male resident from sexually abusing 10 female residents and propositioning others, some who couldn’t speak or suffered from dementia, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.   The 61-page report details interviews with patients, nurses and other employees who described abuse that included the male resident touching female residents’ breasts, trying to kiss them and cursing about sex in nursing home common areas.   The report did not identify any employees or alleged victims by name.  The alleged abuse began in December and lasted until June 5, when the male resident was finally moved to an inpatient psychiatric unit.

The report has many details and interviews with residents and employees.  I don’t understand how or why the nursing home allowed the ause to continue for so long without doing something about it.  Where was the supervision?  Why didn’t the staff do something to prevent it?

"When I would leave for a short time he would wait until I was gone for moments and put his hands on, or target the dementia women," one activities aide testified in the report. "Sometimes he would pull back when I’d return or tell me to get out."

One female resident said, "He tried to touch me — he was a complete stranger — he was going to put his hands on me and I gave him a whack. I felt crummy. Like a piece of dirt on the sidewalk."

See the full articlehere.

 

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