February 10, 2012
Two woman are accused of sexually abusing their elderly mother in her Rhode Island nursing home. A registered nurse at the facility reported the sexual nursing home abuse to police but said the nursing home was not doing anything about the allegations.
The two daughters of the nursing home resident, both in their 60s, deny the charges. The case was investigated by the attorney general’s office, but insufficient evidence was found at the time to move forward with prosecutions.
The Rhode Island Health Department instructed the nursing home to retrain staff on what constitutes nursing home abuse or neglect and how to stop the problem if it is discovered.
Abuse in nursing homes is unfortunately all too common, with abusers preying on the vulnerable. We all need to be vigilant about recognizing nursing home abuse or neglect when it happens and reporting the situation to police immediately. We also encourage you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to possibly pursue legal action.