Nursing home aide charged with sexually abusing patient

A 52-year-old nursing home aide, Robert Gundersen, has been charged with felony sex abuse, misdemeanor forcible touching and misdemeanor third-degree sex abuse for his actions at a Troy, New York nursing home. The sexual abuse in this case was against a 78-year-old patient and took place between December 2007 and January 2008. He also faces charges stemming from incidents at another nursing home in the area.

The charges against Gundersen are part of Governor Cuomo’s crackdown and investigation of nursing home abuse in New York which utilizes hidden cameras at nursing homes throughout New York State.

With the growing older population, nursing home abuse and neglect is becoming more common and sexual abuse is not unheard of. In this case, the accused, was employed by a staffing agency that was contracted by the nursing home. Lack of supervision and over-staffing may have been factors in the reason why his actions went undetected.

Other types of nursing home abuse and neglect includes:

  • sexual assault
  • physical assault
  • financial abuse including theft and misappropriating assets
  • medical malpractice including treatment, medication errors and restraints
  • neglect which includes falls, malnutrition, bedsores and lack of supervision

The Farber Law Group, an experienced personal injury law firm in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area, represents nursing home patients and their families. We have 30 years experience and have obtained compensation for our clients for their medical costs and for their pain and suffering.

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