Security is one of the biggest concerns facing one nursing home in Waynesboro, Georgia. In a security breach on Monday, Donnie Moss was able to enter the home, where he sodomized a helpless resident. Families of residents reported that the numerical code for the keypad was posted on an exterior wall, visible to everyone. When WRDW News 12 went to interview the home, no code was posted. They asked about the code, and whether it had been removed since the incident on Monday, to which an employee said that they couldn’t comment. The rape was investigated and Moss has been charged with the crime.
Cincinnati.com reported that a nursing home resident with an extensive criminal history is accused of raping another resident inside her room this week. Edward C. White, 57, was arrested on one count of rape. Springfield Township police charged White with forcing himself on the woman at the Heartland of Mount Airy. The victim told him “no,” and “stop,” the arrest report states.
White has an extensive criminal record dating back at least 30 years in Hamilton County.
He has been charged with four violent felonies including attempted murder, four other felonies and 13 misdemeanors. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 1981 and served three years in a prison. He returned to prison four other times between 1988 and 2002 following convictions for aggravated assault, forgery and illegally having a gun, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
The for-profit nursing home is owned by Toledo-based HCR Manor Care. The company operates more than 500 nursing homes and rehabilitation centers nationwide and has 60,000 employees, according to the company’s web site. It was purchased by private equity company Carlyle Group in 2007.
ABC7 in L.A. had a disturbing story about an elderly woman who was sexually attacked at a Emeritus Senior Living nursing home. Now investigators say there could be more victims. David Moreno was an employee at Emeritus Senior Living who has been charged with sexually assaulting a 69-year-old disabled woman. Police were able to get physical evidence from the scene that linked them to the suspect.
Knox News reported that on August 29, 2012 the Tennessee Department of Health placed a suspension on admission at Kindred Nursing Home and Rehabilitation-Fairpark in Maryville, Tennessee. The suspension came after a 89 year-old resident told family members she had been raped and a rape test by Maryville Police found DNA from an unknown man. The elderly victim suffers from severe dementia and the state fined the facility claiming it failed to protect that resident and other residents with dementia and placed them in danger.
The facility has submitted a plan for corrections which has been approved by the state in which it claims it ordered background checks for all male employees; had the Maryville police assess the security of the grounds; hired 24 hour security; and has began to change all locks. Incredibly, the nursing home was not engaging in these acts prior to the incident and was leaving some entry points, such as residents windows unlocked and accessible to intruders. The nursing also did not have surveillance cameras when the incident occurred.
As of now the nursing homes suspension has been lifted, but it gives one an uneasy feeling knowing the same corporation that owns and manages Kindred Nursing Home also runs 226 other nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities in 28 states including three more in Tennessee whose security issues remain unaddressed.
Noelle Howey wrote an interesting article for the Daily Beast about elder rape. Howey references the recent rape of a 73 year old woman in Central Park and others recently in the news. Howey states that elder rape is not unheard of (although underreported) but asks why the phenomenon remains invisible?
“Even after decades of rape-awareness campaigns, many people still do not understand what motivates someone to commit an assault. “Society still implicitly believes that rape is about sex,” says Benje Douglas, project manager for the Lifespan Project at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. “That’s because for most of us, sex is something you do for pleasure. But a rapist doesn’t think like that. It’s about controlling someone sexually.” Certainly, he points out, that’s the case with the Central Park victim, who appeared to be attacked out of a desire for revenge.”
“Like children or the disabled, the elderly tend to be physically weaker. “People are uncomfortable that such a vulnerable population would get hurt,” says Jennifer Marsh, vice president of victim services for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, or RAINN. “[We] think: that could be my parent. Or my grandparent.” What’s more, perhaps we’d all like to believe (women especially) that there is a time in which the issue of sexual violence is no longer relevant to our safety. “You want to think that when you reach a certain age, you’re done with this. You’re free of this particular worry,” says Douglas.”
Howey also mentions a problem of failing to investigate signs of sexual assault among the lederly which is a makor problem in nursing homes.
“Even when there are clear signs of sexual abuse, doctors and law enforcement tend to be less aggressive about investigating that possibility. In a 2008 study by Ramsey-Klawsnik, which examined 284 cases of elder sexual assault nationwide, fewer than half of the victims were taken for a rape examination. Worse, in 20 of the cases, the evidence was destroyed. “If someone unexpectedly finds blood in the underwear of a 7-year-old girl, they would think, ’Oh my God, get this child to a doctor,’” says Ramsey-Klawsnik. “With an 80-year-old, they think: ‘Oh, she must have scratched herself.’”
“So what can be done to bring these stories to light (and ideally, to prosecution)? “We need more advocacy and awareness among those who assist the elderly,” says Marsh. “People need to know that sexual violence can occur at any point throughout the lifespan.” And elderly women survivors need to be acknowledged more frequently, says Ramsey-Klawsnik. “Who’s generally on the poster for sexual-assault centers? Young women. We need more posters with older people on them, saying, ‘If you need help, call us.’”
Knoxnews reported that a Maryville, Tennessee nursing home owned and operated by Kindred Healthcare, Inc. is facing sanctions after it allowed a resident to be raped and then failed to investigate and report. The family was alerted when their mom told family members that she had been raped by a strange man. A family member reported the claim to a nurse, who at the advice of the facility’s on-call doctor, transfered the resident to the hospital so a rape kit could be administered. The positive rape kit yielded an investigation by the local police department.
The state Department of Health and Human Services cited the facility for failure to; notify the resident’s physician, question male staffers, review video surveillance footage, increase facility security, and provide the resident with counseling. The facility’s social worker added insult to injury when she claimed that she would have provided the resident with counseling “had I believed” the rape happened. Sounds like Todd Akin’s legitimate rape comment has a follower.
The Corporate Director of Clinical Services of Kindred Healthcare Inc., the Kentucky company that owns the facility, responded to the investigation by admitting, “It wasn’t until we received the news from the police department of the positive rape kit that we found out our procedures and security wasn’t enough.” Sadly, the nursing home’s Director of Nursing Services responded that the nursing home is unable to purchase the needed safety equipment to prevent a similar incident and cannot have staff do more frequent rounds and place addition security at the entrances and exits “without pulling from patient care.”
Kindred Healthcare Inc. is the operator of 226 nursing home and rehabilitation facilities across 28 states.
The Star-Tribune out of Minnesota reported the tragic rape and sexual assault of a female resident at Highland Chateau Care Center over a period of months by a staff member, according to a state investigative report. The abuse included forcing the woman to perform oral sex and fondling of her breasts.
According to the report, which did not reveal the identities of the staff member or the resident:
–The resident had limited mobility and needed help dressing, bathing and with her bathroom needs.
–When confronted by a state investigator, the staff member denied the allegations, saying the woman would at times not make sense and was under the impression he would marry her. However, other staff members described the woman as "alert and oriented." One said the woman told her "she just wanted it over," the report said.
—When interviewed, the accused staffer also was confronted about allegations of neglect and physical abuse at other care facilities where he had worked. In one previous case, the staffer failed to cooperate with an investigation of "sexually inappropriate" behavior.
–Despite the allegations of earlier misconduct, the Health Department initiated no other investigations against the caregiver.
King 5 News reported the rape of a nursing home resident at Seattle Medical and Rehabilitation Center. Seattle police are investigating an alleged rape of a 34-year-old woman with a rare disease that makes it nearly impossible for her to speak or move. Her sister Rita described how the victim told her that a male employee raped her – removing her feeding tube in the process. She was helpless. The victim suffers from Joseph Macado Disease– a rare genetic disorder that affects the muscles, but not the brain. Leaving her unable to talk, unable to move, but fully able to understand everything around her.
The investigation began when the victim’s mother was told that her daughter had been punched in the face and raped. The family says they only learned of the rape, not from the director of the facility, but by someone who worked there and wanted to remain anonymous.
The Des Moines Register reported the tragic story of a mentally handicapped woman who was repeatedly raped over a five day period in a care facility. One suspect admitted to the rapes. She was allegedly raped several times between June 11 and June 15 at the Fairview Care Facility. According to the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, the woman’s account of what happened is supported by the records of the facility and the recollections of the nursing staff.
The three men charged in the case, each with a past history of violent crime, had been ordered by the court to live at the Fairview facility. The facility’s head-count records show the woman and the three suspects could not be located during the time some of the alleged attacks occurred. The workers at the home told the state inspectors that they failed to search the basement of the facility after it was determined the four were missing.
The Department of Inspections and Appeals has cited the facility for failing to protect residents from harm and imposed a $5,000 fine — half the maximum allowable penalty.
WHIO in Dayton, Ohio reported the guilty plea and sentence of Kevin Burns, a nursing home employee who pled guilty to raping an elderly woman at a nursing home.
Burns pleaded guilty to one count of rape as part of a deal reached with prosecutors. He was sentenced to nine years. In the courtroom, Burns said he struggled with an addiction to pornography while he worked at the Friend’s Care Nursing Home in Yellow Springs.
After Burns serves his time, he will have to spend 5 years on probation and register as a Tier 3 Sex Offender, the strictest classification.