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Nursing Home Abuse Results in Charges for 21 Employees

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Atlanta, GAIt is always unsettling to hear reports of care center abuse or nursing home abuse, but in many situations the incidents are isolated. The problem is often with one or two staff members at a home who have committed care home abuse. So reading about situations in which dozens of employees at one care home are charged with abuse can be shocking.

The Inquisitr (7/2/13) reports that 21 employees at a Georgia nursing home have been charged after a three-month-long investigation into activities at the Alzheimer’s Care of Commerce. The 21 employees face more than 70 charges related to alleged physical abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of residents of the home.

Associated Press (7/2/13) reports that employees were alleged to have hit patients and thrown water on them. Three residents of the home were hospitalized after authorities raided the home. Authorities reportedly first learned of problems at the home when an employee complained. Included in those charged is the owner of the home.

A 2001 Congressional report, titled Abuse of Residents Is a Major Problem in U.S. Nursing Homes warned that nearly one in three U.S. nursing homes was cited for an abuse violation from January 1, 1999 through January 1, 2001. In all, 5,283 nursing homes received a citation for an abuse violation, for a total of 9,000 abuse violations. Each of these violations had the potential to result in harm to residents, and in 2,500 violations, nursing home residents actually did suffer harm or were placed in jeopardy of death.

Included in the violations were reports of physical, sexual and verbal abuse, including one nursing home attendant hitting a resident in the face and breaking the resident’s nose; nursing home employees hitting a resident with a belt, locking him in a bathroom and hitting him in the head with a book; a nursing home failing to protect residents from a violent resident who had 50 instances of abusive behavior; a nursing home attendant sexually abusing residents; and nursing home staff verbally abusing residents.

The report’s authors conclude that nursing home abuse is a “widespread and significant problem.”

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Very sadly nursing home abuse is a great deal more than physical. Heavily contaminated buildings with really poor Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) are the norm in this country - AFTER GOVERNMENT INSPECTIONS. How? E.H. & S. are nothing more than visual - just as in the days of J. Caesar even though all know the most dangerous cannot be seen without microscopy, chromatography and spectroscopy. If the Colorado Department of Health is any example, they reject real solutions even though it would be easy and cost effective to implement with their existing resources. Ask for our 'White Paper' proposal they refuse at all levels.

Users and their relatives cannot expected to solve these complex problems by making such problems economically non viable. The aged really have no advocate to deal with such insidious problems which are clearly 'Elder Abuse'.

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In San Diego, CA a large corporation who manages a senior residential complex continues to get away with illegal extortion and other illegal actions simply because the residents do not have sufficient funds to retain paid legal council. There is apparently no legal assistance available to these residents from any legal quarter regardless of how many try to find help. They have been told they lack sufficient numbers to gain any legal assistance.
All public assistance and assistance purportedly available to seniors and especially low income seniors continues to be denied to all.
If anyone can or will help, we would welcome any.

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