Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: New Owners Try to Fix Up Facility

The Central Coast Nursing Center, a Santa Barbara, California area nursing home, faces hard times after state officials have discovered an array of health and safety violations. Additionally, two former employees have been arrested on sexual battery and elder abuse charges. The facility has recently changed owners in an effort to fix old problems and rebuild their reputation as a quality facility. As nursing home abuse lawyers, we see facilities change ownership frequently. Sometimes, this causes crucial elements of care to slip through the cracks, allowing residents to suffer. But, as is often the case, change can also be for the best, and … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Put Rapist Away for Nine Years

Sexual nursing home and elder abuse is one of the most disgraceful forms that nursing home abuse lawyers face. To abuse their power and take advantage of a vulnerable elderly person in that way is shameful. Kevin Burns was sentenced to nine years in prison on September 13, 2011 after pleading guilty to raping an elderly woman in the Friend’s Care Nursing Home in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she was a resident and he was working. Burns said in court “I’m sorry for what I’ve done to them.” Nursing Home Employee Pleaded Guilty to Raping Elderly Resident As part of a deal that Burns reached with the prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to one count … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Can Begin With New Hires

Nursing home abuse can begin as early as the hiring process. Not all states require background checks for those applying for jobs in nursing homes, and for that reason, people with criminal convictions do not have a hard time gaining employment at a nursing home or similar care facility. People with a history of assault, criminal negligence, or theft would be high risks as employees in a nursing home. Overwhelming Frequency of Nursing Home Employees with Criminal Convictions According to the Department of Health and Human Services, over 90 percent of nursing homes in this country hire employees with criminal convictions, a huge … [Read more...]