CNN recently published findings of a multi-part investigation, revealing unsettling information about the frequency of sexual abusers targeting elderly nursing home patients. Worse, the abusers were most often the very people hired to care for elderly patients, nursing assistants. CNN also exposed the failures and shortcomings of nursing home administration in holding abusers accountable.
“In cases reviewed by CNN, victims and their families were failed at every stage. Nursing homes were slow to investigate and report allegations because of a reluctance to believe the accusations — or a desire to hide them. Police viewed the claims as unlikely at the outset, dismissing potential victims because of failing memories or jumbled allegations. And because of the high bar set for substantiating abuse, state regulators failed to flag patterns of repeated allegations against a single caregiver. It’s these systemic failures that make it especially hard for victims to get justice — and even easier for perpetrators to get away with their crimes.” – CNN
Our nation’s elderly often fall victim to abuse or neglect, and rarely get the justice they deserve. Because many instances of abuse are unreported or covered up/mishandled by Nursing Home administration it’s difficult to pin point the exact number of elderly nursing home residents that have been suffered sexual abuse or other types of abuse. CNN was able to identify more than 1,000 nursing homes that had been cited by the federal government for mishandling or failing to prevent alleged cases of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse between 2013-2016. Nearly 100 of the nursing homes cited had multiple offenses during the same period.
Because of the injustices many nursing home residents face, Jacoby & Meyers formed a dedicated attorney’s group. If your loved one has been abused or neglected in a nursing home contact us today, we may be able to help you seek compensation.