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Residents of Some Homes Routinely Victims of Care Center Abuse

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Austin, TXFor some people living in care homes, care center abuse is a regular fact of life. Although not all residential homes are terrible places, even seemingly good homes may have employees who commit elder abuse or care home negligence. When the owners of such homes allow residents to be abused and victimized, family members may have to step in and ask the courts for help. Unfortunately, in some cases of nursing home abuse, the abuse is not seen until after the resident has died.

The Statesman (9/15/12) reports the case of David Taylor, who was 28 years old when he died of blunt force trauma to his abdomen. He was living at Richmond State Supported Living Center, a home for people with disabilities, in 2010 when he died. Two employees were fired and indicted, while Taylor's distraught family filed a federal lawsuit against the state for failure to properly supervise and screen employees.

According to The Statesman, in Texas since 2009 there have been more than 1,100 employees fired for abuse and/or neglect of residents and 400 incidents of abuse and neglect could be referred to local law enforcement. Among the abuse and neglect were cases in which residents were punched, kicked or choked. Furthermore, some reports suggest that coworkers routinely fail to report abuse and neglect within an hour of being made aware of it.

Texas is not the only state to have problems with care center abuse. NBC Bay Area (8/23/12) reports that Sonoma Developmental Center, home to more than 500 people with intellectual disabilities, could lose federal funding due to inadequate medical care and failure to prevent abuse. According to an inspection report by the Department of Public Health, individuals at the center are subjected to abuse, neglect, unnecessary medications and denial of individual freedoms.

Among issues cited by the report were the failure of the facility to investigate evidence of alleged violations, failure to ensure residents did not suffer further abuse at the hands of alleged abusers, and failure to report allegations of mistreatment, neglect or abuse. The report also cited instances of sexual abuse, lewd conduct and inadequate medical practices that put patients at risk.

The report, found online, is nearly 500 pages long and cites serious conditions of abuse, neglect and mistreatment. In July 2012, the same center was reportedly the site of a staff member shooting patients with a taser. Sonoma remains open, but could lose federal funding because of the instances outlined in the report. No word on what will happen to the residents of the home if that happens.

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I am writing in great despair, because my dear 78 year old aunt who was born Mentally Retarded who recently died worse than that of a "dog"in Woodruff County Nursing Home in McCrory, Arkansas. On August 6, 2012 on her Birthday, she was Happy, Alext X3, and rejoiced at seeing her two Sisters....Then, just TWO WEEKS LATER,.... she was found in a comotose stage and completely NON-RESPONSIVE!!! Upon, demand by family for her to be taken to White County Hospital in Searcy, AR that contracts with this NH; it was reported that she was....
"""EXTREMELY DEHYDRAYTED""". Her kidneys input was nothing but BLOOD and finally ALL vital organs BLEW....and my Aunt DIED the death worse of that than of a DOG!!! Due to NEGLECT/ABUSE/FAILURE of the NH to FEED her due to her inability to feed herself due to SEVERE debilitation of her fingers being folded backwards into the inside of her hands....and the NH's intentional failure to intervene by IV Fluids to avoid dehydration, properly notify family, and witheld food/fluids from her that lead her to DEATH. This was intentional & willful NEGLECT/ABUSE and a FELONY!!! Please, help us to avoid this INHUMANE injusctice from happening to anyone else and aid us in putting proper closure to our beloved Sister and Aunt. She and NO Human being deserves this INHUMANE injustice. If you abuse an animal; you face fines/imprisionment...and my Aunt's LIFE and any other Human's Value and quality of life is far more valuable than that of ANY animal!!!!

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