Iowa Agency Finds No Fault In Nursing Home Assault Due to Lack of Witnesses

Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Nov 22, 2011 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights

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An Albia care facility where a resident was allegedly sexually assaulted will not be penalized by the state for failing to monitor residents, investigate their injuries or address threatening behavior.

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, which regulates nursing homes, says that while the Parkview Cottage care facility failed in allowing a male resident to be alone with a female resident in a bathroom and in the woman's bedroom, no one at the home witnessed any sexual abuse.

The agency is requiring the home to take corrective action so that residents are adequately supervised, their injuries are properly investigated and resident-care plans address threatening behavior. No fines or penalties are being imposed.

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