The Pennsylvania nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys here at Rosenbaum & Associates often hear about some awful and depraved acts. These horror stories strengthen our resolve to ensure justice and maximize safety for our clients. Unfortunately, many nursing home abuse victims lack perspective about just how pernicious and disgusting these crimes can be; as a result, they may fail to take swift and effective action to stop them.
Consider, for instance, recent accusations against employees at a nursing home called Envoy of Staunton. The situation at this nursing home is, to put it mildly, disgraceful.
Consider these points:
• One employee, 47-year-old Anthony Johnson, faces both criminal and civil charges in connection with accusations that he groped a 53-year-old patient and compelled a 43-year-old patient to have oral sex with him. One of the family members of the victims finally reported Johnson’s actions to the police. Envoy finally fired the nurse’s aide, but that punitive action obviously cannot undo the damage done to the assaulted patients.
• Meanwhile, Diane Renee Kline, a 41-year-old administrator and RN, stands accused of failing to report exploitation/abuse to Adult Protective Services. This may not seem to be as “serious” as the crimes that Johnson allegedly committed, but when nursing home watch dogs fail, the system basically collapses;
• 69-year-old Charles Williams, another Envoy employee, stands accused of penetrating a 71-year-old woman with an animate object. In that case, the nursing home immediately contacted police, but still… it does not speak well of a facility when multiple disgusting events occur.
An inspection of this nursing home exposed ten different deficiencies in areas as diverse as food safety, medication management, care and services, and infection control.
The crime of nursing home sexual assault in Philadelphia or elsewhere is grim and terrifying. Some victims may be too terrified to come forward to authorities or even to family members. Others may be too sick or cognitively impaired to report the abuse or even understand what’s happening.
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The Pennsylvania nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers at Rosenbaum & Associates have developed powerful systems and processes to stop sexual abuse and other kinds of horrors at nursing homes and to hold perpetuators and other responsible parties to justice. If you suspect your beloved senior has been abused or mistreated at a facility, get in touch with us now at 1-800-7-LEGAL-7 for a free and confidential evaluation of your case.