Nursing homes are charged with the most sacred of duties — taking care of the people who are most precious to us, people who have loved and taken care of us our entire lives. The elderly deserve the utmost respect and proper care. Sadly, nursing homes don’t always live up to this standard and sometimes fail to meet even a reasonable standard of care when it comes to their elderly residents.
Nursing home abuse and negligence is far too common in this country, and when it happens to a loved one, it can leave you feeling betrayed and angry. It has recently been alleged that a nursing home in North Carolina waited almost a week to report alleged abuse of those under its care. A male resident of the facility allegedly groped multiple female residents, and, according to reports, at least one employee saw the alleged abuse happen. Purportedly, the nursing home’s nursing director, facility administrator and executive director all became aware of the alleged sexual abuse soon after it allegedly occurred. The home, however, allegedly waited almost a week before telling police and families of the alleged abuse.
Families were upset about the purported delay in being informed. Had they known immediately, they could have been there sooner to comfort their family members.
The facility claimed that the delay occurred because it held off reporting until it checked out the accuracy of the abuse allegations.
This case didn’t happen in Massachusetts, but cases like these are sadly not uncommon here. If you suspect unreported abuse or you know a family member was abused at a nursing home, a Massachusetts attorney may be able to help you fight for compensation for your family member.
Source: wsoctv.com, “Nursing home under investigation after taking days to report abuse,” Dave Faherty, June 3, 2014