March 30, 2012
In a case of sexual nursing home abuse, an employee at Salem Lutheran Nursing Home in Elk Horn, Iowa is accused of taking a nude photo of an elderly resident at the nursing home. The female worker faces a misdemeanor charge of invasion of privacy.
The woman allegedly took the picture while the elderly resident was bathing and sent the picture to another employee via a cell phone message. The recipient of the photo reported the picture to the nursing home administrators.
The woman who took the photo was arrested but released on bail. Her court date has yet to be determined.
Shelby County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rod McMurphy said the situation is rare and not something they see very much.
Nursing home abuse can take a variety of forms. Sexual abuse in nursing homes, although particularly heinous, happens quite frequently across the country.
Abuse in any form needs to be reported to the police immediately. We also recommend you get in touch with a nursing home abuse lawyer and go over your legal options.