We’ve already told you about how we’re representing a nursing home resident who suffered from shocking alleged sexual assault perpetrated by another resident. The abuse occurred last year at the Cashmere Convalescent Center in Cashmere, Washington. Since then, the abuse has been covered in an investigatory news story by KOMO-TV in Seattle.
And now, that the Cashmere Convalescent Center nursing home administrator has surrendered his license to the state. It is also a very important step towards closure for our client’s family.
Here’s what you need to know about this and other nursing home sexual abuse cases.
1. Our client was in a vulnerable position — and taken advantage of.
Our client suffered from dementia and was unable to feed herself, requiring a considerable level of care (and so, one would think, an equally considerable amount of staff to oversee her state).
Instead of receiving sufficient oversight from staff, our client suffered the unthinkable: We believe the abuse was known and unreported by staff.
2. This was actually said (by the center‘s director): “There isn‘t anything we can do until he crosses the line.“
Worse words may have never been spoken resulting in abuse of a patient
3. Without a state worker alerting our client‘s sister, we may have never known about this abuse.
In fact, while it is mandatory to report instances of sexual abuse in a nursing home, our lawyers — as well as the KOMO-TV investigation — have found a troublesome culture that includes resident-to-resident abuse.
To learn about the top signs of sexual abuse in a nursing home, read this page.
You can also read about one of our shareholders, Cary McDougal, who is taking on nursing home abuse in Washington and throughout the country, here.