November 17th, 2010
The Abington on Grand Nursing Home in Ames, Iowa has been fined $6000 for not protecting residents from repeated sexual nursing home abuse. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals said the mentally disabled residents of the nursing home were subjected to sexual abuse and threats of violence.
One of the alleged abusers was a resident who was court ordered to the nursing home. The staff had documented numerous times the man’s sexual abuse of other residents, as well as his threats to kill people. One staff member told investigators she saw the man having sex with another resident but was told by the nurse in charge to just keep an eye on the two.
Investigators were also told by a staff member that a female resident with a severe mental impairment had been caught having sex with residents but the situation was laughed off by other staff members.
Records show that staff had reported that another mentally impaired man with a history of promiscuous behavior was approaching female residents with sexual intent and then taking them back to his room. Because of the man’s history of having sex with prostitutes he was tested for HIV but the results were negative.
The owner of the Abington on Grand who was fined the $6000 said he has nothing to do with how the facility is run.
“I’m just the owner,” he said. “The company I have is just the owner of the real estate. We have nothing to do with the operation.”