The Lexington Herald Leader reported earlier this month that the operator of Hazard Nursing Home and the facility's administrator are facing criminal charges for failure to report alleged sexual abuse against an elderly resident. According to the Kentucky newspaper and a summary of the alleged incident from the state attorney general's office, a male resident of the facility blocked the victim in his room in August 2009.
Nursing home staff later found the victim, who was reported to have been exposed to semen. The male resident's penis was exposed, according to the report.
The same victim was sitting in the hallway of the home last year when, within sight of a nursing supervisor and other staff members, a male resident walked up and ejaculated on her face.
The 88-year-old victim suffers from Alzheimer's.
The incident, it is alleged, was never reported to the victim's family. What's more, the latter incident was not contained in the attorney general's report, but rather was revealed as the result of a deposition from nursing home staff during an unrelated wrongful death investigation.
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According to the text of a state citation issued over the matter, "The facility failed to protect residents from unwanted sexual contact, failed to report the allegations to appropriate state agencies and failed to thoroughly investigate the allegations of sexual abuse."
A statement issued by the facility indicated that Hazard has provided consistently excellent care to more than 7,000 residents since opening in 1976. "We were named statewide facility of the year in 1989 by the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities. We employ over 200 people who have a heart for resident care, and we treat them like family."