When you place your loved one in a long-term care facility, you want to ensure that he is getting the best care possible. You visit regularly to make sure he is being fed, that his caretakers know him by name, and that he has no signs of bruising or bedsores that could compromise his health.
Unfortunately, many patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia may suffer sexual abuse in their nursing homes without displaying any visual signs of abuse. Some may even believe they consented to the acts, even though they are not mentally able to do so.
There are a number of known issues surrounding dementia and sexual abuse in nursing homes, including:
- Staff members – In many cases of sexual abuse involving a staff member, the caretaker’s motivation is to gain control of the resident’s assets. Many sexual abuse cases involving staff are underreported, and those that are, are often anonymous because of state and federal privacy measures.
- Other residents – Many people forget that residents also pose a potential risk to their loved ones. In a recent case, a resident was sexually abused by another resident of the nursing home and was unwilling to report the incident because she confused the perpetrator for her husband.
- STDs – Elderly residents who are unable to give consent are also likely to contract diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other sexually-transmitted diseases are increasing in people age 55 and older.
If your loved one suffered sexual abuse as a result of dementia, the attorneys at Gray and White can help you seek justice at no cost to you. Call us today at 800.634.8767 or fill out the contact form on this page to get a FREE, one-on-one consultation with one of our Louisville nursing home abuse attorneys.