Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nursing Home Horrors Abuse of the Vulnerable Is Sickening

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nursing Home Horrors Abuse of the Vulnerable Is Sickening

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There is something very wrong with a society that allows its weakest and most vulnerable members to be preyed upon. But that is what is happening in many nursing homes across America. Male and female residents, many of them with dementia or other debilitating diseases, have been abused.

A CNN investigation found that more than 1,000 facilities have been cited for "mishandling or failing to prevent alleged cases of sexual assault at their facilities."

Some of the cases are sickening, and inexplicable: An 83-year-old woman in Minnesota being ravaged by Alzheimer's disease was raped by a nurse's aide in the middle of the night. Her family later learned that the man had been suspended three other times for suspected assaults. In California, an 88-year-old woman was assaulted during the night and weeks later was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. …

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