December 4, 2012
After a 2nd citation for nursing home abuse and neglect, a Toledo, Ohio, nursing home is facing the possibility of losing its license which will prevent the nursing home from operating.
According to the Department of Health, the staff members at Liberty Nursing Center of Toledo failed to report an incident in which two residents were engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior. One of the residents suffers from dementia. In an earlier incident this year, a schizophrenic male resident attempted to sexually abuse a female resident. Although he was removed from the facilities and taken to a nearby hospital, the staff again didn’t inform the proper authorities of the abuse. Additionally, the staff was ordered to only clean up the victim without seeking additional medical treatment.
As a result, the Ohio Department of Health made a proposal last month on November 23 to revoke the nursing home’s license after repeated violations. The nursing home has 30 days to contest the revocation. If the nursing home chooses not to appeal, it will be shut down immediately. However, civil matters may take longer if the loved ones of the victims opt to retain a nursing home abuse attorney and file a personal injury lawsuit.