November 26, 2012
After being warned several months ago, a Toledo, Ohio, nursing home is facing the risk of losing its license after investigations revealed signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. However, the nursing home has made an appeal in an attempt to keep operating.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, Liberty Nursing Center of Toledo (LNCT) was warned in August that it would have to close its doors and lose its license after alleged accusations that staff members failed to respond to a sexual abuse claim.
The incident, which took place in July, started when a male resident who suffered from schizophrenia and other mental disorders was found lying on top of another female resident with his pants taken off. The nurses on duty took the man to his doctor, but failed to notify the proper authorities of the incident. Earlier this year, in March, a nursing aide repeatedly punched a resident in the face with a closed fist. Yet, the nursing home didn’t take the proper steps to protect the victim.
A hearing has been scheduled next month to determine if LNCT will remain open. However, this might only be the start of the nursing home’s problems. Loved ones of the victims can also exercise their rights to receive damages should they retain the services of a nursing home abuse lawyer.