Tennessee Department of Health Fines Nursing Home after Rape Case

September 6, 2012 by Nicole Barto

Our Tennessee Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers have been witnesses to disturbing events over the years. A recent news story highlights the potential dangers that residents sometimes face in these homes. According to a recently reported case, an investigation was started into a nursing home after an eighty-nine year old resident with severe dementia reported to two family members that on June 15, 2012, she had been raped by a man she did not know. The family member then reported this claim to a nurse who examined the patient and then as told by the nursing home’s doctor, transferred the patient to a hospital emergency room so a rape test could be performed. The Police Department interviewed family members and nursing home residents on June 16th and opened an investigation.

On August 29, 2012, the Department of Health as well as the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concluded that the nursing home owned by Kindred Healthcare Inc., is accused of providing residents substandard care and of placing them in immediate jeopardy. The nursing home received a fine of $6,000 per day until the Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are satisfied that the problems have been resolved. The Health Department and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cited that the nursing home failed to notify the resident’s doctor so she could be tested for STD’s, and failed to properly question the male staff and to provide proper counseling for the resident.

The investigation is ongoing, and no one has been charged. The resident's family moved her to another facility.

It is tragic and unfortunate when cases of violence like this one happen to anyone including nursing home residents across the country as well as in Tennessee. If your loved one is in a nursing home and you suspect they might be suffering from nursing home or elder abuse, then we strongly recommend that you contact one of our experienced and compassionate Tennessee nursing home abuse attorneys immediately. We will hear your case and work with you and other medical professionals to make sure that you receive the compensation that is rightfully yours for your pain and suffering.

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