Sexual abuse is not something that one generally associates with nursing homes and long term care facilities for elders. But it happens, and is particularly abhorrent because residents are helpless against attacks by the very people who are supposed to take care of them. Some residents are not even aware that they are being abused. It can be prevented by nursing homes with strong supervision and extensive background checks on all employees. Family members can keep tabs on their loved one's health and emotional condition to ensure no abuse is taking place.
Was your loved one sexually abused while a resident at a nursing home? It is crucial to obtain legal representation and obtain the justice that your loved one deserves. Contact a nursing home abuse attorney in your area today to learn more about how we can fight for your rights in a nursing home abuse case.
Look out for the following signs of physical and emotional signs of sexual abuse:
If you suspect or know about such abuse, file a written complaint with the nursing home management. Report it to the local police and the state authority charged with overseeing nursing homes. Federal agencies like the U.S. Administration for Aging's National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) can help.
Remove your loved one from the home and have them medically examined and treated for signs of sexual abuse. The state and federal government will investigate all abuse complaints against nursing homes under the Adult Protective Services (APS) Law. The abusers will be charged and the home may be shut down or forced to take corrective measures if proof of the abuse is found. You may also file a civil lawsuit against the home and the abuser.
Were you or a loved one a victim of sexual abuse while staying at a nursing home? Our nursing home abuse lawyers are here to help you during this difficult time. Contact a nursing home abuse attorney in your area today for more information about getting the justice you deserve.
Did you know?
APS programs nationwide get over half a million abuse complaints each year.
Adult Protective Services in each state are meant not just to receive complaints, but also to investigate them and provide emergency housing, medical, legal and other services to the victims.