A state and federal government report found that a nursing home violated mandatory reporting rules and failed to “recognize the behaviors of sexual abuse.” Multiple nurses and staff at the nursing facility witnessed a male resident with dementia sexually abusing female residents with dementia. The nursing home did not take action. Other residents and employees saw the male resident forcing female dementia residents to touch his genitals or witnessed a male resident standing over women with his jeans down and wrapped around his legs. The Director of Nurses for the nursing home said that the behavior was nothing more than “consensual activity between dementia residents” and nothing can be done “unless the man crossed the line.” Later, another staff member saw this male resident fondling a female dementia patient’s breasts.
Unfortunately, both nursing home operators and assisted living operators are failing to train staff on how to recognize nonconsensual sexual conduct and consent issues. These facilities typically brush off sexual abuse as “consensual” between dementia residents. It is time that nursing home operators take sexual behaviors seriously and train staff when it involves dementia residents who are vulnerable and easily taken advantage of.
York Law Firm is comprised of Sacramento based lawyers that handle elder abuse and wrongful death cases. If you believe your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted living facility, or believe your family has a wrongful death claim, please call our office so that we can investigate your case at 916-643-2200 or contact us online. We are dedicated to representing families whose elders and dependent adults have been injured, neglected or abused.