Minnesota Nursing Home Rape Allegation
Allegation of nursing home rape, residents at one nursing home were stunned over the fact that an 89-year-old resident within their facility had been drugged and raped in her room by a caregiver.
This was a case that caused widespread outrage throughout Minnesota and had individuals calling for a state investigation. This was just the latest incident to occur at the home, which is operated by a group out of North Dakota. The homes owned by the company have been cited over fifty times in the past four years for nursing home abuse and neglect.
This incident, which has been heavily covered in the news, has opened the window onto broader issues of what occurs within assisted-living homes. This is an industry that is growing fast, but it is lightly regulated.
A review of inspection records totaling hundreds of pages in regards to the Minnesota nursing home where the rape happened has suggested that neglect and maltreatment have been issues again and again. The Star Tribune did their own investigation that found there is a history of incidents in all of the seven states where the parent company operates its nursing homes.
Concerns Related to Nursing Home Rape Allegation
Some of the recorded incidents include:
- Three aides were found to have slapped, taunted, and pinched residents over a number of months in a Minnesota home. One aide apparently placed one resident in a clown wig during a social event, while others threw balls at the residents.
- There are also incidents in Minnesota where residents wandered away due to lack of supervision. One was found a number of blocks away without a coat on, while another was found outside in a pool of blood.
- In another state, the staff at the home did not conduct health assessments of six residents, as required, despite the fact the residents displayed significant decline in their mental and physical abilities. The staff failed to reassess one resident after she hit another resident with a knife.
The nursing home operator was fined or sanctioned for any of these violations and dozens more.
Assisted-living homes are a sector of senior care communities and they have escaped much of the regulation that traditional nursing homes receive. The concept of assisted-living, or “independent living” operates in a gray zone between nursing care and senior housing. There are hundreds of facilities across the United States that are governed by state regulations that have actually failed to stay on track with the diseases that the aging people within their communities come down with over time.
Nonetheless, again and again there are many residents in the Minnesota facility where an 89-year-old resident was raped who tend to revisit the topic. They may do so over coffee or a game of cribbage. They can’t believe it occurred where they live.
One resident claims that the facility threatened her with eviction when she notified neighbors that the incident had happened in January 2013. While nursing home executives deny this, they have said that they don’t want to create unnecessary anxiety by telling of the assault when the rapist was removed from the building and has been convicted. The privacy of the family has also been cited.
Report Suspected Nursing Home Rape – Sexual Assault of Residents
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
If you have concerns about sexual abuse or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.