Trust. It is an essential part of living in a community from trusting the food we purchase is safe to trusting opposing traffic will stop when they have a red light. As our population ages, another form of trust becomes ever more important – trusting that elder care facilities will care for and protect their residents. A shocking example of the violation of this trust arises when facilities fail to guard against sexual elder abuse. Difficult as it is to think about, sexual abuse in nursing homes is a very real threat and our San Francisco nursing home abuse lawyer believes elder care facilities must take swift and comprehensive action when sexual abuse occurs whether the perpetrator is a nursing home employee or another resident.
Civil Suit Follows Investigation into Nursing Home’s Failure to Report Sexual Assault
On June 16, a civil lawsuit was filed in Washington state involving allegations that a nursing home failed to take appropriate steps to protect a resident from sexual abuse. KOMO 4 News and Wenatchee World (via San Mateo County’s Network of Care) report that the estate of Christine Trowbridge filed the suit against Cashmere Convalescent Center. The civil action follows government investigations, including a $6,500 fine levied by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services for failing to intervene in or report the abuse.