July 5, 2011
A recent article in the Hawaiian newspaper Star Advertiser highlights a growing concern over the state’s lack of sanctioning nursing homes. Even when nursing home abuse or neglect is uncovered state penalties are rarely issued.
One particularly troubling case involved a caregiver at Kahala Nui nursing home who was accused of physically and sexually abusing residents going back to April 2008. When an internal investigation was launched after the man hit a resident with a hairbrush in June 2009, the investigation found that the caregiver committed multiple sexual assaults at the nursing home. He was then fired and charges were brought against him.
The man pleaded guilty to six counts of third-degree sexual assault for abusing four women, went to prison for a year, and was then deported to the Philippines. This nursing home was issued no sanctions for failing to protect its residents.
The article reports that over the last six years the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services took action against only four percent of Hawaii nursing care facilities that were issued citations. The national average is 30 percent.
For more information on this disturbing trend in Hawaii please read the entire article at: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/hawaiinews/20110704__Abuse_goes_unpunished_at_Hawaiis_care_homes.html.
And if you or a loved one was abused in a nursing home, be sure to visit our nursing home abuse lawyer contacts for an attorney in your state who can assist you and your family.